Ireland to host the 67th World Ploughing Contest

The executive of the National Ploughing Association has announced the World Ploughing contest for 2022 will be held along with the National Ploughing Championships in Laois in September. Pictured at the announcement, were l-r: Denis Keohane, John Tracey, John Whelan, Mick Mahon, chairman; Anna Marie McHugh, Anna May McHugh, managing director; Patsy Condron, John Deery, Tom Fahey and PJ Lynam. (Picture: Alf Harvey)

Ireland will have the tremendous honour of holding this year’s World Ploughing Contest in Ratheniska, Co Laois on September 21st and 22nd. The event had been due to take place in Russia this year.

World Ploughing Organisation General Secretary, Anna Marie McHugh, said: “I am delighted to announce that twenty-five countries from all over the globe from Africa to Australia will be participating in this year’s World Ploughing Contest in Ireland. The very best international ploughing competitors and their teams will be battling it out on Irish soil in September to become supreme World champions.”

The call came from the World Ploughing Board that, ‘Could another country step up and host the 2022 World Contest?’ following the unprecedented cancellation of the event.

Over the last couple of weeks many meetings have taken place, and the final decision was ratified on Wednesday last.

Now, the 67th World Ploughing will take place alongside the Nationals in Ratheniska this September with the National Ploughing Championships starting on September 20th and the World event to be staged on September 21st and 22nd.