Roads, car parks, hotel lobbies and coffee shops around Screggan were packed with people, exhibitors and RTÉ presenters who were eager to kick off Day 2 of the Ploughing Championships before it was cancelled.

Gates were due to open at 9am this morning for the second day of the 87th National Ploughing Championships however Storm Ali had other plans and concerns for safety on the site increased along with  wind speed and strength in Tullamore.

#Ploughing18 has been cancelled due to #StormAli @AudreyMcGrath is on the scene with your weather update @rte

— LifeStyle on RTÉ (@LifeStyleRTE) September 19, 2018

Show must go on...
Ever the pro, Marty Whelan who was due to present Marty in the Morning on Lyric FM live from the RTÉ Tent in the Ploughing HQ this morning, and on our Live-stream, decided the show must go on.

He, and his brill production team (Sinead Wlyde, Producer and Michael O'Kane, Production Coordinator) broadcasted from the doorway of The Central Hotel, as members of the public took selfies with him working in the background.

We're as near to the Ploughing as we can be and this new studio location was used for the day as News on One also broadcasted from here and The Ray D'Arcy Show will broadcast from here too.

RTÉ Weather's Audrey McGrath is ready to head back to the Ploughing HQ
RTÉ Weather's Audrey McGrath is ready to head back to the Ploughing HQ

Ploughing Live
Marty Morrissey and Áine Lawlor will present Ploughing Live again this evening at 7pm on RTÉ One and will be back on location and on-air tomorrow evening. They are keeping morale high amongst the production teams as are weather's Audrey McGrath and Countrywide's Damien O'Reilly who gave us his view on the scenario earlier...

Despite the disappointment over many cancelled events at the Ploughing, including our Hourglass podcast event, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh was offering a helping hand where possible, as below and is a guest on today's Ray D'Arcy Show.

Taragh Loughrey-Grant & Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh
Taragh Loughrey-Grant & Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh working away near the Ploughing

Wednesday, 19th of September - broadcasting from near the Ploughing...

09:00: Present the weather!

10:00: Marty in the Morning on RTÉ lyric fm - Broadcasted from The Central Hotel

13:00: News at One on RTÉ Radio 1 - Broadcasting from The Central Hotel

13:20: Live Weather on RTÉ One - Broadcasting from RTÉ

15:00: The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 - Broadcasting from The Central Hotel


18:00 Weather on RTÉ One - Broadcasting from RTÉ

19:00: Ploughing Live presented by Áine Lawlor & Marty Morrissey on RTÉ One 

Thursday, 20th of September - RTÉ at the PLOUGHING
The RTÉ stand is located at Block 2, Row 13, Stand 271 where you can watch live radio shows, have a go at presenting the weather, become an RTÉ Guide Cover Star, check out the RTÉ Archives, RTÉ Shop, Saorview Connect and more.

09:00: RTÉ lyric fm Quartet

09:00: Present the weather!

13:20: Live Weather on RTÉ One

13:45: Liveline Funny Thursday on RTÉ Radio 1 - Live-stream on RTÉ.ie

18:00: Weather on RTÉ One

19:00: Ploughing Live presented by Áine Lawlor & Marty Morrissey on RTÉ One.

Our own Hourglass panel event was due to be broadcast from the RTÉ tent today, Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm.

Taragh Loughrey-Grant was due to speak with Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, Áine Lawlor, Alma Jordan of Agrikids and Lorcan McCabe, Deputy President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association about farming inheritance, farm safety especially for children, the role of the Irish mammy in modern society and the health benefits of going back to basics, back to the land. Fingers crossed it'll go ahead as planned, albeit on a new location.