AFTER the National Ploughing Championships drew to a close in Ratheniska, Co Laois, the Holman Lee Agency took a well-earned break at the weekend. With the first day attendance of 77,000 and a second day attendance of 127,000 new records were set making the Ploughing 2015 the biggest ever. The fashion shows, which I produced over the three days, were held in the fashion dome. We had three shows each day with huge crowds, featuring local shops and shopping centre chains.
From autumn winter ladies fashions to very fashionable menswear we certainly attracted a lot of farmers into the dome! This year’s fun filled ploughing had something for everyone with appearances by the world champions of ploughing and the national brown bread baking competition winner Margaret Sexton of Roscommon. You should put a date in your diary for next year as the event is now moving to Tullamore for 2016 after three hugely successful years at Ratheniska.
WE MAY be enjoying an Indian summer of sorts but I know quite a few people at the moment are suffering with colds and flus.
Just before I hit the National Ploughing Championships, I took a diversion to Dublin to launch the Boots Winter Flu Vaccination Service in association with the Asthma Society of Ireland and Age Action. I decided to front this campaign because I was forever getting the dreadful flu. About two years ago, I decided to have the flu vaccination and, thank God, I’ve been able to work through any symptoms of flu since then. When you’re self-employed it’s nearly impossible to be out sick. Since launching their winter flu vaccination, Boots have seen the service experience a steady increase in people booking appointments and Susan O’Dwyer, pharmacist of Boots Ireland said that more than eight out of 10 (82%) found the service good value for money at €20.