The National Ploughing Championship has been CANCELLED today 1 year ago

The National Ploughing Championship has been CANCELLED today

It is cancelled for the full day.

The second day of the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore has been cancelled today due safety concerns.

The opening of day two of the Ploughing was initially delayed by two hours this morning - from 9am to 11am, before being put back until 12pm.

However, the decision has now been made to cancel the second day of the event.

National Ploughing Association said: "Exhibition arena to remain closed today. Further updates later. We thank the public for their understanding."

Storm Ali is wreaking havoc all over the country today with flights being cancelled to and from Dublin Airport, as well as 20,000 ESb customers being without power.

Earlier this morning, Met Éireann upgraded its wind warning to Status Orange this morning.

The wind warning was revised at 6.46am and will effect Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare and Kerry.

The weather forecaster said: "Storm Ali will track close to the west and northwest coast this morning. South to southwest winds veering westerly will reach mean speeds between 65 and 80 km/h and gusts between 110km/h and 130 km/h for a time.

"Gusts in excess of 130 km/h are possible in coastal regions of the west and northwest. The core of strong winds will be along Atlantic coasts at first, before transferring quickly eastwards during the morning.

"Valid from Wednesday 19 September 2018 07:00 to Wednesday 19 September 2018 13:00."