Ploughing Championships

Students go to the Ploughing Championships

By Emma Leuders

On the 12th of September most of the Transition year students from Ard scoil Rathangan got on a bus at 7 in the morning and headed down to the national ploughing championships. This year the ploughing took place in Screegan, Tullomore, Co.Offaly. Along with the transition year students, fifth year AG science and Home ec went to study various aspects of the ploughing. We had barely any traffic on the way up and made it to Screegan around 8. We took the back of a tractor to the fields and were given wristbands so we were allowed to roam around the massive site until 5 o'clock. When we entered everyone broke into smaller groups and went around. We first went to Aldis and met Paul O’Connell from the Irish rugby team. He was teaching children a few rugby drills and was more than happy to take a picture with his fans. Some students got to meet Dave and Rob Kearney at the Dairy milk council stall. We then went to the RTÉ stand and met TV presenter Audrey McGrath. She was very nice and allowed us to do a mock of the weather off the teleprompter. There was also a carnival and a food court where we sat down when we weren't walking around the hundreds of stalls. A few of the girl students were even interviewed on what they would like out of a farmer husband. We met back at the carpark at 5 O’clock and got back to the school around quarter to seven.

“It was a great day” A ty student says “I just wish I had bought a cattle prod.” Most TYs enjoyed the day, from Face paint to Eddie rockets on wheels it was a fun day. The weather was clear for most of the day but I was still glad I brought my wellies.