As site works for this year’s National Ploughing Championships step up a gear Volkswagen is proud to continue a long-standing arrangement for the third year to become the 2013 National Ploughing Championships official motoring sponsor.

This year Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will support the National Ploughing Association (NPA) by providing it with the agile Volkswagen Caddy 4Motion and the tough Volkswagen Amarok award-winning pick-up.

Niall Phillips, head of sales and marketing, confirmed the arrangement and commented at his “continued belief in the association between the two organisations and that he was delighted the NPA had chosen Volkswagen’s excellent products and reliable back-up to ensure another smooth-running event in 2013”.

Anna May McHugh stated: “The Volkswagen Amarok will prove to be a huge addition for the off road preparations and site works that will take place on upwards of 700 acres and during the event week the vehicles will provide a vital link between exhibition, competitions, demonstrations and car parks.”

The exhibition arena for the championships is starting to take shape this week with many of the event services on site laying piping, tracks, wiring and fencing. Marquee and shed erectors will start their build next week, closely followed by exhibitors.


Celebrating the 82nd year of the National Ploughing Association, this year’s programme is packed with exciting activities and events throughout the three days in Ratheniska.

More than 1300 exhibitors have booked their spot at the event showcasing cattle, sheep, and a huge range of goods from tractors and agricultural machinery to cars, fashion, forestry, innovations, house and home, health, lifestyle, leisure and plenty of retail therapy and food stalls.

Starting on Tuesday 24 September and running through to Thursday 26 September, the NPA is expecting a bumper attendance of more than 180,000 visitors. Admission for Adults is €20 with Students/OAP’s at €15 and children go free. For further information see

Main picture: Niall Phillips of Volkswagen, Anna May Mc Hugh and NPA Chairman James Sutton

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Pictured  Anna May McHugh, Niall Phillips of Volkswagen and NPA Chairman James Sutton

Related: Click for AgriLand’s National Ploughing Championships 2013 news section.