It has been announced this morning that the 2020 National Ploughing Championships Trade Exhibition has been cancelled.
The annual event was to have been held in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow, from September 15 to 17.
The decision was made for public health reasons in light of the coronavirus epidemic.
It is still hoped the actual competition will be able to go ahead, behind closed doors.
In a statement this morning the National Ploughing Association Managing Director Anna May McHugh said that “the Executive reached this very difficult decision to cancel the Trade Exhibition as public health and safety is our foremost priority given the current global pandemic.
"With visitor attendance last year of 297,000 and up to 1,700 exhibitors, we had too many concerns about how we could implement social distancing and the potential risk of bringing together people from all over the country.
"However we are still hoping that we may be able to run the National Ploughing Competitions behind closed gates and that situation will be closely reviewed over the next number of weeks”.
With an annual economic impact reported to be in the region of €45 million the loss of this event is massively significant to the Irish economy however the NPA are looking at the positive that 2021 will mark the 90th year of the NPA and Ireland will be hosting the World Ploughing Contest in tandem with the National on 15th-16th-17th -18th September – venue to be confirmed.
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