Ploughing Championships is cancelled today due to Storm Ali

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Ploughing Championships is cancelled today due to Storm Ali
By Louise McCarthy 12:07 Wednesday 19th of September 2018

Today's National Ploughing Championships  in Tullamore is cancelled with Storm Ali at its peak.

A spokesperson said: " The exhibition arena is to remain closed today (Wed, Day2) of further updates later.

"We thank the public for their understanding."

Anna May McHugh NPA Managing Director stated: “It is with deep regret that due to the adverse weather conditions caused by Storm Ali and following  lengthy consultations with the Gardai, Offaly Emergency Services and Met Eireann  and on their advisement it was determined that the site was unsafe to open, and as a result today’s National Ploughing Championships will have to be postponed as public safety is of paramount importance to all at NPA.

"Once the winds have abated today, remedial works will continue in earnest to have the site up and operational for tomorrow’s event.

"The NPA would like to thank the general public for their patience and understanding.  All tickets purchased for today can be redeemed tomorrow."

Currently wind speeds in Co Kildare are at around 100km per hour.

Trees are falling on routes throughout the country with several roads blocked.

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