The Assistant Managing Director of the National Ploughing Championships has said visitors should pack rain gear, with this year's event to be beset by rainfall.

The championships will take place for three days from tomorrow until Thursday.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Anna Marie McHugh said people can expect "ploughing weather", which means "the wellies and the raincoat".

Met Éireann has said there will be outbreaks of rain throughout the day tomorrow, most persistent in the west and north with occasional heavy falls.

Wednesday and Thursday are also set to see frequent and widespread showers.

Ms McHugh said the ground at the venue in Ratheniska is wet, and so "there's no place for the runners this year unfortunately".

She added that the focus of the championships this year is sustainability, and urged people to consider using public transport, or carpooling, because this will help the ground.

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"In as far as possible, make a little bit more effort to do things like carpool. The less cars that are in circulation, all the better for the ground. And also if people were half thinking of getting the train, why not get it? The shuttle is fantastic from the three train stations around the site, so little things like that will help the site," she said.

"We’re very conscious of our footprint, and that’s why we try to encourage people to take the bus or the train and reduce the number of cars on the road".

Ms McHugh admitted, however, that it is "not feasible" this year to put charging points for electric cars in the carparks.

"It just wouldn’t be feasible to actually make it possible in the car park. You would need quote an amount of electricity," she said.

She also explained that tickets at the gate are more expensive this year, but that tickets online have not increased in price.

This, she said, was part of a drive to encourage people to purchase their tickets in advance.

"We very nearly had to close the gates last year because so many people came," she said, adding "we wanted to avoid that situation this year".

"We're a victim of our own success really. We very nearly had to close the gates on Wednesday last year because we were just nearly at capacity. So to avoid that we've had to say to people to book online in advance."