Local companies meets Head of Ploughing Association

Local companies meets Head of Ploughing Association


Anna May McHugh meets Local Enterprise Office clients in Tullamore, ahead of National Ploughing Championships in September.

Two companies from Galway have met the Head of the Ploughing Association, Managing Director Anna May McHugh, as part of the Local Enterprise Offices’ preparations for the National Ploughing Championships.

Christy Moran from Kitesports and David Mulrooney from Mulrooney Joinery Ltd met with McHugh and County Director with the National Ploughing Association, PJ Lynam, at a LEO-run information and planning session at the Tullamore Distillery in Tullamore on Wednesday, July 5th.

Christy and David are two of 31 Local Enterprise Office clients that will be welcoming thousands of visitors to the ‘Local Enterprise Village’ at the National Ploughing Championships from September 19th to 21st in Screggan near Tullamore.

Also in attendance at the information session were Kieran Comerford on behalf of the Exhibitions Committee with the LEOs; Anna Marie Delaney, Chair of the Local Government Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Committee, Rachel O’ Keeffe of Enterprise Ireland and Orla Martin, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Offaly.

The Local Enterprise Village, which is supported by LEO Galway every year, will be home to a wide range of companies, such as artisan food and drink producers, agri-tech companies and machinery manufacturers. Many of the small businesses will be making their ploughing debut in 2017.
According to Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise with Local Enterprise Office Galway, the Local Enterprise Village is an ideal gateway to reach more consumers in rural Ireland.

She said: “The National Ploughing Championships has grown into Europe’s largest outdoor event and 283,000 visitors visited last year’s championships, setting a new attendance record. For LEO-supported clients at the Local Enterprise Village, advance preparation is key to reach more customers and to make more sales. “

She added: “At the information and planning sessions over the summer, LEO clients learn the ‘Exhibition Essentials’ and how to maximise their sales and marketing opportunities inside the Local Enterprise Village. Professional brand photography is also arranged, to help them showcase their products to impress the quarter of a million visitors expected at the National Ploughing Championships this year.”

Further details about the championships are available from www.npa.ie and tickets will be available to buy online from the National Ploughing Association’s website in August.