Since the early 1930s, The National Ploughing Championships has occupied a special place in the heart of rural Irish life, when people gather from every corner of the country to show off their skills and engage in sport, fun and business. Here, for the first time, the magic of the Ploughing is captured in word and image.
We follow Valerie Cox as she journeys around Ireland to meet the people who make this national institution great, and record the stories of what the ploughing means to them, whether it's vintage tractors, a pair of Clydesdales or a plough handed down from a grandfather.
Among others we meet three-time world champion Martin Keogh, take an unforgettable trip to Thady Kelleher country in North West Cork, and are enchanted by the first even Queen of the Plough Anne May Donegan, who won her crown in 1955.
Complete with images through the decades, this book of story, lore and fact about where rural Ireland meets is also a record of changing times across a landscape that may bear little resemblance to that of the 1930s but, in important ways - of family, community and the nod and wink of the business deal - is little changed. A gift, a keepsake, The Ploughing is a unique celebration of the best of Irish life.