SPEND a day at the National Ploughing Championships from Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 September. Returning once again to Screggan, Co Offaly, the three-day event showcases Irish food, farming and culture at Europe’s largest outdoor event. As always, there is plenty in line for the tillage, machinery and livestock enthusiasts, but the modern event now features something for just about every member of the community. These include a tented trade village, a food fair, craft village, forestry, education, lifestyle, bio energy, agri services and much more. Join almost 300,000 expected visitors in Screggan for a taste of authentic rural Ireland.

GALLOP on down to The Longines Irish Champions Weekend this Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September. Leopardstown Racecourse and The Curragh welcome all for a great weekend of food, beer, live music, children’s entertainment, fashion, and, of course, two exhilarating days of horse racing. Day one takes place at Leopardstown and features the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes, the highest-rated turf race in the world. Followed by a second day at The Curragh, with top thoroughbreds from around the world competing. For more see www.irishchampionsweekend.ie.