The National Ploughing Championships start tomorrow - and there'll be lots of broadband information for visitors

Visitors will be able to visit exhibitions from both open eir and SIRO

Maeve McLaughlin
by Maeve McLaughlin on 19th September, 2016

A distinctly Irish phenomenon, the National Ploughing Championships kicks off again tomorrow.

Last year saw the biggest visitor numbers ever, with over 281,000 attendees, and we’ll likely see similar numbers hitting Tullamore this week for the event. And, if any of these visitors have an interest in broadband rollout, they’ll have a couple of stands they can stop by…

open eir

open eir will be exhibiting on the on-going deployment of high speed broadband throughout Ireland, and will have interactive maps on display.

The maps will provide information on which exchanges have gone live, which are in build and which are in planning - and visitors will be able to ask open eir experts any questions that they may have for their own specific areas.

open eir will also be helping visitors, exhibitors and the media centre stay online - as it is working on delivering the communications infrastructure for the event.

As part of this, the company is deploying different technologies from mobile coverage to high speed fibre broadband speeds up to 1Gbs.


This will be SIRO’s second year at the National Ploughing Championships.

This time last year, SIRO had just launched it’s first SIRO-powered town in Ratheniska - where last year’s National Ploughing Championships were held - and now, SIRO says the town is now famous for ‘one of the fastest broadband speeds in the world’.

This year’s SIRO tent will have a twinkling sky - drawing on its ‘powered by light’ slogan - and people can even make the sky light up by tweeting SIRO Ireland from the event.

As well as this, visitors to the SIRO tent will be able to try out an Oculus Rift, and use its interactive speed test.

Of course, all visitors will also have the opportunity to learn how SIRO is rolling out its superfast broadband, and where it will be coming to next.

The National Ploughing Championships take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from tomorrow, 20th September to Thursday 22nd September