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Sinn Féin Farm Minister Michelle Gildernew attends National Ploughing Championship

25 September, 2007

Sinn Féin Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has visited the National Ploughing Championship at Tullamore, County Offaly.

During her two-day visit the Minister met with a number of organisations from across the island and met staff from DARD and AFBI who manned an exhibition at the event.

Ms Gildernew said

"It was great to see so many local companies and organisations attending the National Ploughing Championships, which also provide a great opportunity to demonstrate their products and services to a wider audience. I am particularly pleased to see so many northern competitors and I wish them all every success in finding that perfect furrow in the various ploughing classes."

At the show the Minister commended the event, saying:

"I am here today to give DARD and the new Executive a firm voice at major agricultural events like the Irish Ploughing Championships. We must keep up the momentum achieved since 8th May and strive forward to promote our local products and industry in all markets, especially following the recent foot and mouth outbreaks. The ploughing championships throughout Ireland are quite unique and it's always encouraging to see first hand the large numbers of the public who attend agricultural events.

"It was also my pleasure to jointly launch the JFC Innovation Awards for Rural Businesses along with my counterpart Mary Coughlan. This competition, which commenced last year, was organised by Teagasc, the Irish Farmers Journal (IFJ)and JFC Manufacturing and this year DARD is delighted to be a partner in this is all-island competition.

"Following this event I look forward to attending our own ploughing championship at Eglington during October. I wish to thank the organisers for inviting me to this great occasion in the agricultural calendar."

The 76th annual Irish National Ploughing Championship was held at Tullamore, County Offaly from 25 to 27 September 2007. The Minister visited the show on 25 September 2007.


  1. This is the 76th year of the National Ploughing Championships which took place at Annaharvey Farm, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The Championships is Ireland's largest Agricultural event and attracts over 300 competitors with 150,000 spectators over the three days (25-27 September).
  2. JFC Manufacturing was established in 1987 from a workshop in Tuam by John Concannon who was previously a sheep and cattle farmer. The company is involved in the manufacture of quality plastic products. It has branches in Poland, the Netherlands and in GB as well as the parent plant in Taum, Co Galway and employs 175 people with a turnover of more than €42k.
  3. The North's 64th International Ploughing Championships will be held on 19-20 October 2007, at Craig's farm, Eglington.

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