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FBD’s child safety initiative @#ploughing17

Another great ploughing initiative is now spreading like wildfire around the country at large events. “Keeping Children Safe Wristbands” the successful Ploughing and FBD initiative will be a big feature again for this year’s National Ploughing Championships.

The white wristbands, which will be handed-out at all of the event entrances, allow for a contact phone number to be written on the band in the event the wearer wanders off amidst the crowd and cannot be located, such is demand the quantity of wristbands has trebled this year so parents be vigilant – look for the FBD Acorn at the gates & get the keeping you safe wristbands so everyone can have a great day at ploughing. FBD CEO Fiona Muldoon “FBD is delighted to continue this fantastic safety initiative which protects our children at the biggest event in the farming calendar. We believe in fostering the next generation of Irish farmers and we hope that some of our wristband wearers may one day participate in or win FBD Young Farmer of the Year or FBD Teagasc Young student of the Year competitions. We hope all young visitors will wear their wristbands and have a great safe and fun day out at Ploughing 2017.”

The National Ploughing is the perfect family day out for children with a playground , model clay making, junior baking competitions, funfair, dancing, pig agility course, music, interactive fun science experiments, over 1000 live animals, Guinness world record breaking attempts, baby changing areas, toy and sweets stands, sports stars galore, and much much more. This year’s National Ploughing Championships will take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offlay from September 19th to 21st. Tickets are now available online with no booking fee at or by phoning 059 8625125. Special student and group rates apply to pre-event orders and all children under 12 are free.

Calling all quiz whizzes! Waterford Healing Arts Trust invites you to test your knowledge at a fun Quiz Night at The Cove Bar, Dunmore Road on Thursday 7 September at 8.30pm. Entry fee is €20 per table of 4, with all proceeds going to Waterford Healing Arts Trust. All welcome. Further details from Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) at or call (051) 842664.

Announcing details of the event, Shirley O’Shea, from the Fundraising Committee of Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT), said “This is the second year to have our Quiz Night at The Cove Bar. After last year’s success, we’re gearing up for a great night again this year, with lots of prizes, including €100 for the winning team. It’s not too serious: You don’t have to be on Mastermind to take part, so why not get your pals together and come and join us for an enjoyable social evening and help us raise funds for this great cause. Waterford Healing Arts Trust runs a wide range of arts programmes at University Hospital Waterford which contribute to the health and wellbeing of patients and their families. We’re fortunate to have this wonderful organisation here in Waterford, so let’s do all we can to support them. Our sincere thanks to all the team at The Cove Bar for their invaluable support”.

Tom Drohan, Manager of The Cove Bar, added “We’re delighted to host this fun quiz night in aid of Waterford Healing Arts Trust. We all know the great work that WHAT does for the people of Waterford, so we’re looking forward to welcoming a big crowd and raising funds for this cause that’s close to all our hearts”.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) is Ireland’s leading arts and health programme. Established in 1993, WHAT brings arts experiences to the bedsides of patients at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) and other healthcare settings. WHAT believes that the arts contribute to the wellbeing and vitality of society and that engaging with the arts stimulates the participant’s sense of identity and creativity. WHAT also supports the development of arts and health in Ireland and manages the national website


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