The National Ploughing Championships will take place in Screggan in Offaly again in 2018, it has been announced this afternoon.
The venue which is near Mucklagh has hosted the championships for the last two years and the organisers have confirmed that it will return there again next September.
“It’s official #Ploughing18, is due to return to Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly after such a successful record breaking year,” tweeted the official account of the National Ploughing Association.
Despite horrific rain on Day 2 of this year’s event, it was once again a major success with huge crowds attending over the three days.
There was speculation that it could return to Ratheniska or Athy again and Dundalk was also mooted as possible venue.
However, NPA managing director Anna May McHugh was quick to praise the emergency services and volunteers from Offaly who worked through the night to pump water and have the site ready for the next day.
But it remains in the midlands, which means that the Garda Traffic Plan will remain similar and the logistics of organising a huge event like it will also stay the same.
With Electric Picnic returning to Stradbally for 10 more years, the midlands has shown itself to be the ideal location to hold such largescale events.
— National Ploughing (@NPAIE) 8 October 2017