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National Ploughing Championship 2011

I have just returned from an exhilerating day at the National Ploughing Championship at Athy, Co. Kildare. This is one of Europe’s largest farming festivals (3 days) and a showcase for all aspects of Rural Life. It features tractor, vintage and horse ploughing, an 80 acre trade show of agriculture machinery, livestock, lifestyle, leisure, forestry, bio-energy, home, garden, food fair, craft village, etc., etc. 
It even includes a joint initiative between the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland. 

Snippets: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHAkY4DdRyc

My friend, Fintan, among the 71 thousand present today, first of three.