Belvedere College - Ploughing Championships 2017

Ploughing Championships 2017

Ploughing Championships 2017

National Ploughing Championships 2017

The 3 day National Ploughing Championships kicked off on September 19th 2017 in Screggan, Co. Offaly. The Home Economics Department were delighted to be there with the current Rhetoric Home Economics students.
The weather was amazing and the students really engaged with all things ‘Culchie’. It was a great opportunity to see agriculture in action not to mention the welly throwing.
There were great opportunities to meet and greet future innovators and people in the Irish Food Industry. The Irish agri-food and drink sector accounts for 7.6% of Irelands economy (DAFM, 2014), 10.7% of Ireland’s exports and 8.4% of total employment. (DAFM, 2015)
In 2016, Irish agri-food and drink exports increased by an estimated 2% to approximately €11.15 bn (Bord Bia, 2017).
The career opportunities for students are broad and certainly opened up a few ideas for our sixth year Home Economics students.Of course it’s a great time to meet celebrity chefs and see some familiar faces. We had the pleasure of meeting Clodagh McKenna and chatting to her about her success in America among other business interests in Ireland.
Daithi O’Shea obliged us with a photo for the Belvedere website and Neven was in full force at the farmer’s journal tent doing his thing.Overall it was a great day and we certainly hope it continues into the future. Thank you to all the staff that supported the outing and allowed us to make the annual trip.

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