Three-day event will be ideal chance to promote the area
THE NATIONAL Ploughing Championships will be a great way to promote New Ross according to Anna Marie McHugh of the NPA.
When asked by Cllr. Annette Larkin if there was anything the town council could do to help Ms. McHugh said 'it's about getting the word out. A lot of people realize after the event that they had missed an opportunity to promote the town.'
She said there will be an arcade at the tented village at the Championships which has been solely reserved for New Ross businesses and 'it's very much about promoting the town and county.'
She said certain businesses were more likely to benefit first hand from the championships with eateries, pubs and accommodation providers being top of the list. Hardware shops, she said, will also benefit as will petrol stations.
Her mother Anna May McHugh said the organisation was very happy with the progress so far with just under 100 days to go. 'Peter Keogh and David O'Dwyer and all the landowners are working very hard. They consider it a great honour and have fought hard to be selected.'
Cllr. Michael Sheehan said he hoped that the NPA would look favourably on New Ross for the 2013 championships as the town had a lot of celebrations planned for the JFK 50th celebrations.
Ms. McHugh said 'it's great to get an invitation for next year and the local landowners haven't written it off.
'It will all come down to movement of vehicles and the cooperation of vehicles. A decision on next year won't be made until this year's event is over.'
Assistant town clerk said the town council would do anything it could to help and said ' hopefully it proves to be an excellent event and we will see it back next year. I'm sure it will be a tremendous success.'