The organisers of the National Ploughing Championships have said they plan to stage next year's event in Co Laois.

The venue at Ratheniska will host both the National and the World Ploughing Championships and it will be a four-day event.

The organisers say despite the threat of Covid 19, planning for the event must start now.

They are hopeful that it can proceed if a vaccination for the virus has been found by next year.

This year’s event should have taken place this week, but was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association Anna May McHugh said: "It will be a great occasion if it can go ahead.

"We have to look at it in a positive manner and hope there will be a vaccine months before the event."

The NPA met the local landowners today on whose land the 2021 event will be held.

The association held an outdoor executive meeting to agree the Ratheniska site as the venue for next year.

The event is worth tens of millions to local economies and the venue for next year’s event, close to Stradbally, also hosted the championship for three years from 2013 to 2015.