The child safety wristband initiative will feature again at this year’s National Ploughing Championships following its success at the event last year.

Over 40,000 children will receive wristbands, which will be handed out at all of the event entrances, in a bid to keep them safe if they get lost.

Each wristband will have a space for a contact number, which can be called in the event that a child get separated from their parents.

NPA managing director Anna May McHugh said: “We are delighted to be partnering up with FBD again on this excellent safety concept as all can now rest assured that loved ones will be returned safely in case they wander away in the crowds that attend Ploughing.”

With up to 300,000 visitors expected over the course of the three days, McHugh said that these wristbands give reassurance and peace of mind to all attending the event and add immensely to visitor experience.

FBD CEO Tomás O’Midheach said: “Everyone at FBD Insurance is delighted to return and support Ploughing this year.

“We are especially pleased to continue our support for the wristband child safety initiative. Over the years, this important initiative has proved incredibly useful in protecting children should they become separated from their parents or loved ones while attending the largest event in the Irish farming calendar.”


Children under 12 years of age can go to the event free of charge, once they are accompanied by an adult. To guarantee ticket availability on your day of choice, those looking to attend this year’s ploughing are asked to book online in advance.