Though she huffed and she puffed, Storm Ali could not blow the Ploughing Championships down, and today the show is, happily, back on schedule.
Around 100,000 visitors were turned away from the festivities yesterday over very understandable safety fears. But organisers are atoning for this by adding an extra day of events tomorrow, adding that wristbands for Wednesday will still be valid for today and Friday.
So get the wellies on, there’s plenty to see!
We’re back in business at the #ploughing. Ploughing Live next on @rteone - an exclusive interview with Anna May McHugh; Gerry Murphy @MetEireann on extreme weather; and Aine and Marty meet women forging a career in farming. pic.twitter.com/gFQDtbBpY7— RTÉ (@rte) September 19, 2018
Don’t Stop Me Now
The Ploughing is a time-honoured and much-loved extravaganza for the entire country, so it’s no wonder so many refused to be deterred by even the most ferocious battering.
Joe Duffy heard from one such devotee on his show yesterday, steadfast John from Youghal, who on a blustery line on the way to Tullamore told listeners he would not be turning around, even though the ploughing was cancelled yesterday.
Armed with supplies, a pillow, his cosy Hiace and his toothbrush (that he "don’t ever go anywhere without"), John announced he’d be waiting at the Ploughing gates until they open.
If John is reading this, tweet us at @LifeStyleRTE and let us know what you’re up to!
Thursday, 20th of September
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
18:00: Weather on RTÉ One
19:00: Ploughing Live presented by Áine Lawlor & Marty Morrissey on RTÉ One.
After a warrior effort to keep the show on yesterday, Marty Morrissey and Áine Lawlor will present Ploughing Live this evening at 7pm on RTÉ One. Tune in for updates and all-access insights into the Ploughing Championships.
I might be down but I’m not out yet 😂 !!!! Yes ...we have a TV Programme this evening ! Join Aine Lawlor and myself and the Crew of Ploughing Live ...live from Screggan Co. Offaly at 7pm on RTE 1 @lawlor_aine @RTERadio1 @RTEgaa @TheSundayGame @rtenews @RTEOne pic.twitter.com/jCiIJWKkmg— Marty Morrissey (@MartyM_RTE) September 19, 2018
Unfortunately, our planned Hourglass podcast, with Taragh Loughrey-Grant due to discuss the Irish mammy in society and the importance of going back to the land, has been cancelled. But fear not - there’s plenty of delights on offer as always, at the Ploughing, so you won’t be left idle!
There are cooking demos aplenty today to help you warm up and gather around the proverbial (and maybe literal, who knows?) hearth.
Neven Maguire will be weaving his gourmand mastery at the Irish Farmer’s Journal stand at 1pm and 3pm, while Rachel Allen will be whipping up more gastro delights at the Land Rover stand throughout the day.
#ploughing18 @IrishCountryLiv Neven cooking Chicken & Chorizo Rice Bake at Irish Farmer’s Journal stand. The aroma is divine as Neven works his magic. Catch him at 1pm & 3pm pic.twitter.com/I9CSWt5Igc— Katherine O' Leary (@Kat1OLeary) September 20, 2018
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