The National Ploughing Association (NPA) has announced that the 2018 Ploughing Championships will be held in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly for the third time.

Ploughing 2017. Image Credit: Tony Kinlan.
Ploughing 2017 in Screggan, Tullamore. Image Credit: Tony Kinlan.

This shouldn't come as a surprise to long-time Ploughing fans as last year, CountryWide's Damien O'Reilly told RTÉ LifeStyle that the NPA will stick to a successful location.

"We're going back to Screggan in Tullamore for the National Championships, it's come as no real surprise that the NPA (National Ploughing Association) have decided to go back to the same site.

"This has become a trend in the last ten years or so where, when they go to a site, they will stay for two or three years if everything is successful," said Damien.

The 2017 Championships were undoubtedly a success in the eyes of farmers, organisers, performers and visitors alike. Just watch the beautiful video montage by cinematographer Peter Martin below to get a glimpse.

So, if everything worked so well in both 2016 and 2017, why not have the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan every year? Damien says it's down to the novelty factor and the landowners. 

"You've got to move it around to keep refreshing it because you're depending on the same people each year, working on a voluntary capacity. You're depending on local people and local schools rowing in behind you."