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In pictures: Day 1 of the National Ploughing Championships

We have some of the best snaps from the first day of the 80th annual National Ploughing Championships.

THE NATIONAL PLOUGHING Championships got underway with about 71,000 visitors making the journey to Athy, Co. Kildare.

As the competitions got going, there was also plenty more to see – including one interesting meeting of Presidential hopefuls.

We have the pics:

In pictures: Day 1 of the National Ploughing Championships
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    Godfrey Worrell from Kildare and his Dublin Cob horses take part in the horse category of the National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co Kildare. Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesSource: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Large crowds attend the first day of the National Ploughing Championships in Athy, Co Kildare. Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesSource: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesSource: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Crowds arrive on a tractor and trailer on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships. Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesSource: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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    Kate Mulvihill, 2, enjoys the scenes in Athy. Peter Houlihan/Photocall Ireland
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    Presidential hopefuls Seán Gallagher and Martin McGuinness meet in Athy this morning. Tony Kinlan/Photocall Ireland
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    Cllr Lorcan Allen with President Mary McAleese and Dr Martin McAleese earlier today. Peter Houlihan/Photocall IrelandSource: Peter Houlihan/Photocall Ireland

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