WATCH: President Michael D Higgins officially opens the Ploughing Championships 2018

Sarah Peppard

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Sarah Peppard


President Michael D Higgins has officially opened the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly.

Michael D Higgins took to the stage at the bandstand at around 12 noon to deliver a speech, recognising rural Ireland and the work done by organisers to create such a unique and large event.

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Organisers expect more than last year's 112,500 first day record to be broken this year with almost 300,000 people expected through the gates at Screggan over the three days.

Michael D Higgins' appearance at the Ploughing comes as almost all of his rivals for the upcoming Presidential election make their way around the site near Tullamore. 

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National Ploughing Association MD Anna May McHugh also spoke at the opening of the Ploughing as the event opened for its third and final year in Offaly.

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