The first Ploughing Championships covered by RTÉ were the ones held in Killarney in 1961.

The first Ploughing Championships covered by RTÉ were the ones held in Killarney in 1961. They were filmed on 8 and 9 November 1961 for the first ever episode of the farming programme 'On the Land', which was broadcast on 1 January 1962, the day after Telefís Éireann went on air.

This clip shows reporter Noel O'Reilly introducing the championships and talking to organiser Mrs Grosvenor, who fires a pistol to start the competition.

This year's National Ploughing Championships continue until 26 September.