Crowds flock to Mogeely in County Cork for the second day of the National Ploughing Championships.

In spite of one shower of rain all of the action goes ahead as planned during the second day of the National Ploughing Championships at Mogeely in Midleton, County Cork. The attendance of 68,000 people proves that neither traffic jams nor muddy conditions can deter rural people from coming to the three-day event.

The impressive livestock show is a big attraction for farmers where some of the country's top animals are on display. Spectators can also watch demonstrations of skills such as threshing, where grain is separated from straw.

On the ploughing fields the men are competing for the senior titles and the women are vying for the title of Queen of the Plough. Christina Kehoe a London based nurse from County Wexford wins the Queen of the Plough accolade.

Everyone’s over the moon in my family so it’s a dream come true for me.

Christina’s father Martin Kehoe is a World Champion ploughman and her sister Michelle Kehoe has won the Queen of the Plough three times. However Christina thinks she thinks is as good as them,

Or better maybe.

Also attending the National Ploughing Championships is Minister of State at the Department of Finance Tom Parlon. He believes the 100,000,000 euro the government stands to raise for the sale of a site in Ballsbridge in Dublin could substantially fund 30 decentralisation projects around the country and boost rural Ireland.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 September 2005. The reporter is Joe O’Brien.