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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ploughing may return - but not next year

NEW ROSS BYPASS NEEDED FIRST

ELAINE FURLONG

THE NATIONAL Ploughing Association say they are 'very confident' the ploughing championships will be returning to Heathpark in the near future.

Although the NPA announced that Co. Wexford will not be the venue for next year's championships, they have reassured that once New Ross is bypassed the event will return to Heathpark.

The decision to move the event out of Heathpark next year is mainly down to traffic problems encountered, with extensive traffic tailbacks during the course of the three day event.

According to Anna Marie McHugh, Assistant MD of the NPA, the site was 'excellent'.

'The weather being what it was, very few other places would have been able for the event and the site held up for the days,' said Anna Marie.

'It was really the amount of traffic from the southern side and quite a lot of northern traffic. We feel that when New Ross is bypassed, the ploughing will be coming to Heathpark again,' she added.

The likelihood of the ploughing championships returning means the Heathpark site won't be fully restored.

'We would be very confident that it will be coming back,' said Anna Marie. ' The landowners have been more than co-operative, they have said that the championships are welcome back anytime,' she added.

Although disappointed the championships won't be returning landowners David O'Dwyer and Peter Kehoe say they were delighted and honoured to host the event this year.

'We would welcome the ploughing championships back again,' said David. 'We provided a good site and everything went to plan with it during the three days,' he added.

' The ploughing championships exceeded all expectations despite the adverse weather from day one,' commented Peter.

' The NPA and more importantly the ploughing contestants wish to quickly return to Heathpark whenever the New Ross bypass is complete,' he added.

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