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Traffic advice for this year’s Ploughing Championships

Many from County Roscommon are heading to the National Ploughing Championship over the next three days with An Garda Síochána advising that they have a significant Policing Operation in place for the event.

With an anticipated attendance in excess of 90,000 persons each day, a Traffic Management and Parking Plan has been put in place.

The assistance of all road users is required to allow traffic to move freely to and from the event during these times.

If travelling from the West and North West:

Traffic travelling from the west on the N80 will proceed to Mountmellick town. Approaching the town traffic will take a left onto the L20972. Continuing on this road to take a right onto the L423. Traffic will join the R422 and travel as far as Kennels Cross, Emo, Co. Laois.

At Kennels Cross traffic will turn right onto R419 and travel forward to the R445 (Old Dublin Rd), turning right and proceed towards Portlaoise. In Kilminchy, Portlaoise traffic will turn left for approx. 200 meters and then turn right at Rathbrennan onto the R425 travelling forward to Bloomfield Cross.

At Bloomfield Cross, traffic will turn left onto N80 and proceed to Dysart where it will turn right onto a one-way system along the L6772 as far as Ratheniska village. Traffic will proceed to parking beside the event grounds.


Patrons travelling this route will park in the designated GREEN car parks on the left and right hand side of the R427 just beside the event grounds at Ratheniska.

Those travelling from the West and North West are advised to use this ‘Green Route’ with details here

You can also access the interactive guide for visitors to the Ploughing here

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