A total of 66,250 people attended day one of the National Ploughing Championships on Tuesday in Ratheniska, Co Laois.
The figure is down just over 25,000 on day one of the 2022 event, with Tuesday’s wet weather affecting visitor numbers.
Despite the rain and the early start for many, spirits were high on the day.
A range of ministers and dignitaries attended on Tuesday, including President Michael D Higgins.
In his speech, President Higgins noted that Irish farming has a succession problem and stated that young farmers may question the security of the profession.
Also in attendance on Tuesday was the leader of the opposition, Sinn Féin leader Deputy Mary Lou McDonald. She said that her party needs to work very, very hard to secure farmer support in the next general election.
National Ploughing Association (NPA) managing director Anna May McHugh said the weather resulted in it being a challenging day for organisers.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank patrons for their patience and support - it was much appreciated.
“With much better weather due for tomorrow [Wednesday], we eagerly anticipate all that day two has to offer.”