Both RTÉ Radio 1 and 2FM are to broadcast live from the National Ploughing Championships this year.
It’ll be the first time both stations have set up a studio at the event, now in its 86th year, taking place from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st September.
Both Tracy Clifford on RTÉ 2FM and The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast from ‘Ploughing’ for the first time, on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. Among Tracy’s guests will be Irish duo, Hudson Taylor who’ll be performing live fresh from their Electric Picnic success, while Hermitage Green & Comedian, Colm O’Regan will among those joining Ray.
In addition, Drivetime on RTÉ Radio 1 will feature live reports daily, while Morning Ireland and Today with Sean O’Rourke will be live from Screggan on Tuesday morning.
Marty in the Morning on RTÉ lyric fm will get things off to a positive start from 10am – 12noon on Wednesday, with The Connor Mc Keon Band and Neven Maguire among Marty’s guests. Marty will be followed by Countrywide live, presented by Damien O’Reilly. The Sunday Game’s live interactive panel event is back at 4.45pm on Wednesday, RTÉ lyric fm Quartet will start the day with a live performance from 9.00 – 11.00am on Thursday, Joe Duffy has Liveline ‘Funny Thursday’ from 1.45 – 3pm, and the Irish language will be well represented with Rónán agus Bláthnaid Beo ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta from 4 – 5pm on Thursday.
RTÉ Director-General, Dee Forbes says “The National Ploughing Championships offer RTÉ a wonderful opportunity to meet with our audiences and get their feedback, while also giving them an enjoyable and memorable experience. Once again, we’ve pulled out all the stops to put an exciting programme in place for this year’s Ploughing and I hope that the thousands of people who visit our set enjoy another great RTÉ experience.”
RTÉ’s television and radio coverage is sponsored by Tesco Ireland.