Heavy traffic as thousands attend ploughing championships

Fans of the National Ploughing Championships are being warned to travel in plenty of time and to expect delays as the first day of the largest agricultural show in Europe gets underway in Tullamore.

A total of 33 competitors from Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon will be taking part in the various classes over the next three days as over quarter of a million people are set to to visit the midlands.

The chairwoman of the Longford Ploughing association Cynthia Geelan speaking as all roads leads to Tullamore for fans of agriculture this week.

There are eight farmers from the Leitrim, Longford, and Roscommon taking part in the loy digging competition and 25 more involved in various conventional furrow classes.

There is special garda advice for motorist looking to make their way to the venue this morning.

Those travelling from the north will travel via Mullingar and onto the N52 towards Tyrellspass.

Traffic will be turned right into Tyrellspass Village and on to Kilbeggan Village via R446 (old N6).

Once through Kilbeggan Village turn left for Clara onto the R436. On the approach to Clara traffic will turn left onto the L2009 before joining the R420 Tullamore to Clara Road. Traffic will then turn right at Coolnahiley and be directed to parking beside the event grounds.

And if you’re coming from the west you’ll exit M6 motorway at Junction 6 (Horseleap, Clara) and will be directed towards Moate town.

Traffic will then be directed left onto the Ballycumber Road. At Ballycumber traffic will join the R436 (Ballycumber to Clara Road) before turning right on towards Rahan Village.

At Rahan Village traffic will be directed onto the L2011 towards the event site and parking.

Shannonside Fm are also live at the ploughing for the next three days in Block 3/Row 26/Stand 611 and we’d love to come say hello.