Agri Aware

Agri Aware’s Big Red Shed is turning green for Ploughing 2022. Over the three days, the stand will be a hive of activity.

There will be games, educational talks, panel discussions and fun for all the family.

With over 300,000 people expected for the return to Ratheniska, Agri Aware will be on hand to provide a fun space for all of the family. There will be lots of games for all ages and some fun workbooks to keep the younger patrons entertained.

During the three-day event, the Agri Aware Big Green Shed will play host to a series of discussions covering a wide range of topics on education, careers, and sustainability in farming.

Leaving Certificate agricultural science students will be able to pick up some tips as Agri Aware has collaborated with UCD and a whole host of industry stakeholders including IASTA and the Irish Farmers Journal to create something special to help them in their studies.


Between the rising cost of living and lingering viruses, it is difficult times that we are currently going through and many people may be struggling. Maybe you or a loved one is one of those people. If so, the Samaritans stand is worth a visit.

Samaritans is there for anyone finding it difficult to cope, providing a human connection, so nobody has to face their struggles alone.

Samaritans is there for anyone finding it difficult to cope – day or night, 365 days a year providing a human connection, so nobody has to face their struggles alone.

Their vision is that fewer people die by suicide and they believe that being listened to, without fear of being judged, can alleviate feelings of distress, including those that may lead to suicide.

They take action to prevent people reaching a crisis point, helping people find ways to cope and learn the skills to be there for others.

They also campaign to make suicide prevention a priority.

You don’t have to be suicidal to ring or email Samaritans.

The majority of people who make contact are feeling stressed or anxious, suffering from mental health issues, are lonely or isolated, or are facing problems at home, work, or with family or friends.

Samaritans has over 2,000 volunteers in 21 branches across the island of Ireland who also provide outreach in communities, schools and GAA clubs, at festivals, and in prisons.

Samaritans is the only all-Ireland emotional support helpline, and its volunteers are there 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on freephone 116 123 or email

European Union

Would you like to know what the EU is doing for agriculture and rural communities in Ireland? Get the answers at the European Union stand.

A new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will come into effect from January 2023, which paves the way to 2027 for a fairer, greener and more performance-based CAP. This will be key to securing the future of agriculture and forestry, as well as achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal.

It will seek to ensure a sustainable future for European farmers, provide more targeted support to smaller farms, and allow greater flexibility for EU countries to adapt measures to local conditions. CAP experts from Brussels will explain these proposals and answer your questions.

Mairead McGuinness will be at the European Union stand.

Máiread McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, will be on hand to talk about her vision for the future of Europe in the uncertain times in which we live.

Irish members of the European Parliament and staff from the European Commission and European Parliament will also be there to respond to your questions, queries and views about the EU and Ireland.

Other organisations

Other EU bodies that will be represented are European Structural and Investment Funds, European Movement Ireland and Consumer Protection Advice. Discover what the EU is doing in your region through the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. These funds invest in education, research, transition to low carbon economy and urban regeneration.

You can also get advice and information on working and studying in the EU, including job and traineeship opportunities in the EU institutions.

National Broadband Plan

The National Broadband Plan is making a real difference to homes and businesses. Look out for National Broadband Ireland at Area 6 in Home and Lifestyle, where you can visit its stand and find out if your area is covered.

Visitors can get a full overview of the National Broadband Plan and see what is involved in the construction of the network. There will also be a demonstration area where you can see the difference that download speeds make when it comes to family entertainment.

An interactive map will prove to be a useful tool for those awaiting high-speed connection as you can search your Eircode to find out if your own home, business or farm is part of the National Broadband Plan. And you can also hear how the NBI network is already benefiting Irish homes, businesses, farms, schools and more.

Farmers will also be interested in learning about farming in the future, how high-speed broadband is making day-to-day business easier.

You could also be in with a chance of winning €1,000 worth of prizes every day.