Friars at the Ploughing Championship

//Friars at the Ploughing Championship

Friars at the Ploughing Championship

Friars Liam Kelly and Pat Lynch at the stand.

The National Ploughing Championships is an outdoor agricultural show in Ireland incorporating a ploughing contest. Held every September, it draws thousands of exhibitors and draws huge crowds.

This year it took place once again in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. It achieved a record attendance this year with an overall attendance figure of 291,000 – the highest number ever to attend the event.

Many families dropped by for a chat.

The Franciscans had a stand there to meet and chat with people; many asked for prayers or left wrote a prayer petition for themselves and their families – petitions that were later passed on to the Poor Clares in Galway.

Pope Francis often speaks of bringing the Gospel to the “market place”, to where people are at – the Franciscan stand at the Ploughing Championship did just that!

Seamus Donohue OFM meets and greets.