The national treasure Anna May, also known as the ploughing queen, will be celebrated in a documentary (Banríon An Plough) tomorrow on TG4 at 9.25pm.
Anna May McHugh from Co. Laois is a familiar face to many who visit the National Ploughing Championships. She has worked with the National Ploughing Association (NPA) for 67 years, almost 50 of which have been at the helm.
The film will tell Anna’s story, in her words, giving an intimate insight into her life, and that what to continues to push her to the limit to make this profitable event better, year on year.
As she keeps ploughing on, Anna has become as much a part of the event as the ploughing itself. TG4’s one-hour observational documentary follows her over the course of four months, in the build up and staging of the eventful 2018 National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co. Offaly.
Staged in the early Autumn, the ploughing championships are Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and trade show. Held over three days, it has long ceased to be solely an agricultural event. Attracting annual crowds of almost 300,000, two thirds of whom are not involved in agriculture, the Championships are a national phenomenon.
Presiding over the growth and success of the event is Anna May. Now 84 and, up to recently, the only woman in a man’s world, this Managing Director shows no sign of retiring from the organisation, as she embarks on putting together yet another annual event. She is still capturing the hearts and imaginations of the nation.
Anna May; Banríon An Plough is produced by Power Pictures Ltd. and will be broadcast on Christmas Day at 9.25pm on TG4.Tags: