National Ploughing Championships 2017 Agenda

The NDC will be creating an exciting festival theme at this year’s Ploughing championships. We have a really interesting programme of events, cooking demos, celebrities, healthcare experts and sports stars at our stand over the three days.


We will start each day the Complete Natural way with “Sunrise Yoga” sessions happening at the stand on the Tuesday and Wednesdaymornings. Our yoga experts will take you through some easy stretches and moves to start the day off well. You can then refresh yourselves with a healthy smoothie at our onsite Milk Bar.


Louis Walsh will be at the stand on Day 1 fresh from filming the Judges Houses slot on X Factor, and DJ, Presenter and model Vogue Williams will share her tips on how she keeps herself in shape with healthy eating and exercise. Glenda Gilson will be on hand to chat to the stars on the latest news.


Foodie Heaven – We have a full demo kitchen with seating for the three days with Ireland’s most versatile chef, Brian McDermott as our resident chef cooking up some delicious dishes for the crowds. He will be joined by our visiting chefs including Irish Chef Clodagh McKenna and Currabinny aka Snapchat Star James Kavanagh and his partner and chef William Murray.


Your Health – Ask the Expert – We are delighted to have a number of healthcare experts and surgeons from our partners at Cappagh Hospital this year. They will be on hand to offer advice on bone health and avoiding fracture with real life X-rays to explain common breaks and fractures.


Co-op Marketplace – As always, we will have a showcase of the best of Irish dairy produce from our Co-Ops with sampling throughout the three days.


Quality Milk Awards – We will showcase the 14 finalists for this year’s Quality Milk Awards with videos and photography from this year’s contenders.


The Complete Natural sampling Van – Bring yourself back to the festival vibe with our Milk Bar Van serving delicious fruit smoothies throughout the day.


Sports and Preformance will be theme throughout the three days with our NDC experts. Irish aathlete Derval O’Rourke will discuss the importance of dairy for fitness along with Karl Henry, one of Ireland’s most recognised personal trainers. Dr Sharon Madigan, Head of Performance Nutrition, Sport Ireland Institute will be discussing the importance of good nutrition with some of Ireland’s top athletes joined by Dr Pat O’Neill medical consultant in orthopaedic and sports medicine.




Running Order of Guests and Events


Day 1


Tuesday 19th September


  • Louis Walsh
  • Vogue Williams
  • Glenda Gilson – TV3
  • Experts from Cappagh Hospital
  • Chef Brian McDermott – Cooking
  • Pat O’Neill – Ireland’s top sports injuries consultant


Day 2


Wednesday 20th September


  • Clodagh McKenna – Cooking
  • Derval O’Rourke
  • Cappagh Health Experts
  • Pat O’Neill – Ireland’s top sports injuries consultant


Day 3


Thursday 21st September


  • Karl Henry – RTE Personal Player
  • Currabinny – James Kavanagh and William Murray – Millennial Chefs
  • Sharon Madigan – Head of Performance Nutrition Sport Ireland
  • James Cashman – Orthopaedic Surgeon Cappagh Hospital




The NDC has members of its nutrition team available to help with questions about the honest to goodness role of dairy in our diet throughout our life-stages.




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