66% of Ploughing attendees would be satisfied if the three-day event returned to Screggan, Co. Offaly for the fourth consecutive year - that’s according to a poll conducted by That’s Farming.
1,400 people participated in the poll which ran on That’s Farming over the course of the weekend.
61% felt that the NPA did not communicate effectively to notify all that Wednesday’s event was postponed.
18% of respondents said that this will deter them from attending next year’s event, while 82% revealed that this will not influence their attendance.
Wednesday’s event was cancelled in the interest of public safety, concerns as Storm Ali rocked the country.
On Tuesday night, the NPA outlined that the opening of the gates would be delayed until 11am; however, Storm Ali peaked an hour and a half later than expected.
It was revealed later that morning/heading towards mid-day that the event would be postponed but would resume as normal on Thursday and extend into Friday.
The announcement came following consultations and on the safety advice of the Gardaí; Offaly Emergency Services and Met Éireann.
The NPA claims that 97,500 people attended the event on Tuesday; 81,500 passed through the gates on Thursday and 61,700 people were present on Friday, bringing the total attendance to 240,700 people.
The 2019 venue has yet to be confirmed by NPA officials.
Pat Deering, Fine Gael TD for Carlow-Kilkenny suggested to a local radio station that the ‘Ploughing - one of Europe’s largest outdoor events will take place in Co. Carlow.
“ It’s a good location and a lot of work has been done.” Pat Deering TD told Laois Today.
The NPA outlined that a final decision has yet to be made.