The In­sider

It’s plough­ing time! Plus, Killing Eve and the re­turn of The Su­per­vet

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Ev­ery Septem­ber, hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ir­ish peo­ple cram into a very large field in the mid­lands. This is no Elec­tric Pic­nic, more a Diesel Ban­quet, as the Na­tional Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships rum­bles into Of­faly and the town­land of Screg­gan for three days of ma­chin­ery, mad­ness and Marty. It is now ap­par­ently the big­gest show of its kind in Europe. This year, RTÉ is once again up to its wellies in the Plough­ing with live cov­er­age of the fes­ti­val on ra­dio, TV and on­line from cock-crow ( Morn­ing Ire­land on Ra­dio 1) to Plough­ing Live on RTÉ One from 7pm each evening with co-hosts Aine Lawlor and Marty Mor­ris­sey. Apart from the se­ri­ous busi­ness – it is af­ter all a plough­ing com­pe­ti­tion – the fes­ti­val also em­braces fash­ion, mu­sic, bak­ing (the Queen of Cakes, Mary Berry, will be vis­it­ing this year) and in­deed, any­thing re­motely ru­ral. Other RTÉ cov­er­age at the Plough­ing in­cludes the other Marty (Whelan) wax­ing lyri­cal ( Marty in the Morn­ing, lyric fm) to Joe Duffy crack­ing the quip in a spe­cial Funny Thurs­day edi­tion of Live­line. They say all life is at the Plough­ing Fes­ti­val – if it is, RTÉ’s sun-up to sun­down cov­er­age will prob­a­bly cap­ture it.

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