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

The Ploughing Campionships 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.