Political opinions and agribusiness all part of the National Ploughing Championships at Drumgold in Wexford.

Organisers estimate that over the three days, 120,000 visitors will attend the National Ploughing Championships.

It's not just about ploughing any more. The event means big business too.

A fifty acre tented village is selling all things agricultural. The ploughing itself is still the main event with the big names battling it out for the Kverneland World Class title. 

Martin Kehoe from County Wexford is the reigning world champion and several times national champion. Among his opponents this year is nineteen year old Austrian Helga Wielander. 

The event was officially launched by Minister for Food and Horticulture Brian O'Shea who commented on the free movement of animals within the European Union. 

Fine Gael leader John Bruton believes that Irish agriculture is over politically regulated at both national and European level.


An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 September 1994. The reporter is Michael Ryan.