The National Ploughing Championships are painfully Irish. A celebration of all things farming, it would seem like a tasteless stereotype if we weren't in fact the ones organising it. It has everything, from an appearance from Michael D. himself, to tractors, to livestock, to whatever else is involved in farming (I'm just a humble city boy, read here). The only aspect of Irishness the festival can't provide on its own terms is absolutely dire qualities of rain. Thankfully the weather has duly obliged to complete the picture.
Spare a thought for the thousands of people who've taken the trip down to Tullamore, only for the venue to turn into something of a swamp that happens to be hosting a national festival. Much like the site itself, though admittedly more metaphorically, Twitter too has been flooded, with Tweets and videos of people documenting to mud-bath that the grounds have become. These brave souls however are soldiering on, determined to eke whatever good time they can manage from the deluge they find themselves subjected to. With the amount of rain that's fallen it's safe to assume that this is perhaps some curse from the heavens, a sign from god that he really, really is not a fan of people assembling on mass to celebrate all things farming, though that is just a theory.
There are apparently path closures due to flooding; cars trapped in car parks; queues in the rain from shuttle buses breaking down, in general, it seems like a poor time all round.
— Ivan Santry (@ivansantry) September 20, 2017
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— Farm Tours Ireland (@FarmToursIre) September 20, 2017
— Gerard Brady (@GerardBrady100) September 20, 2017
— Shane McAuliffe (@ShaneMcAuliffe1) September 20, 2017
The rain's supposed to get worse through the evening, but thankfully it's set to clear overnight and be relatively dry tomorrow. So plough away my dear friends, plough away.