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What's happening at the GoI Village?

Published: 21 August 2019
From: Department of the Taoiseach


#GovVillage #GovPloughing19

With over 150 Exhibitors across the Government of Ireland Village, there are lots of activities and events happening each day. A central Government of Ireland marquee will host daily Getting Brexit Ready workshops and Ministerial discussions. Other events will focus on Ireland’s sustainability and climate action policies and Project Ireland2040.

Event details will continue to be updated as we get nearer to the Ploughing – keep an eye on this website or follow us on @merrionstreet .

This page will be updated as the timetable is released.

Government of Ireland Marquee Events

Block 3, Row 20, Stand 435

Cross Site Events

Timetable of Events Across the Government of Ireland Village

Events at the Government of Ireland Village at the National Ploughing Championships 2019.


Please note that photographs and video footage will be taken in this marquee and across the Government of Ireland village throughout the 2019 Ploughing Championships.

Activities at the stands

    Bord Bia Block 3, Row 19, Stand 421
    Bord Bia Quality Assurance Demonstrations, Clinics and Helpdesks Beef Dairy cow carcass display and specification demonstration. One to one engagement
    Business and Employment; Welfare and Tax Block 3, Row 20, Stand 436
    Creative Ireland The Creative Ireland Programme at the Ploughing 2019
    National Childcare Scheme Expert staff will be on hand to help parents see/understand possible available subsidies under the new National Childcare Scheme
    InterTrade Ireland, The Trade and Business Development Body Get basic training on VLE for customs and get one-to-one advice and guidance
    supportingsmes.gov.ie (Small and Medium sized Enterprises) Complete the online survey to search the range of Government support available to your business
    Finance for Growth Get advice on potential impacts of Brexit on SME’s and guides for Government backed supports for businesses
    National Standards Authority of Ireland Get expert advice from the NSAI Brexit team
    Workplace Relations Commission Meet our inspectors - Come and meet one of our inspectors anytime during the day and find out what happens during an inspection
    Ceremonial Flag Display Block 3, Row 19, Stand 419
    Ceremonial Flag Display Flag raising 09.45, Flag lowering 16.30
    Civil Defence Block 4, Row 19, Stand 418
    Civil Defence Learn CPR with the Civil Defence. Check out the Civil Defence vehicles and drones.
    Community: Rural & Gaeltacht supports Block 4, Row 19, Stand 417
    Creative Ireland Camara Ireland’s Techspace, recognises the importance of providing opportunities for young people to engage with digital creativity and STEAM (STEM + Art) activities - experiment with holograms, try out green screen technology and enter the world of virtual reality The Walls Project are creating a special artwork on Climate Change, Climate Action and Playing our Part over the course of the 3 days Calow Ukulele Band will be on stage Thursday 19th Mountmellick Yarnbombers will have hand knitted and crocheted gems dotted around The Village
    Boardmatch (volunteer recruitment) Find out about the upcoming Boardmatch Trustee Speed-Dating in the Convention Centre
    Mobile Library There will be performances for children with Reuben as well as book recommendations & storytime sessions
    Dog Control Come speak to a dog warden accompanied by dogs and pups and see a display of dog control with specific commands
    Social Innovation Fund Ireland Competition: What's your idea to make Ireland a better place to live? Find out who are the Ignite Fund Awardees
    Connectivity and Transport Block 3, Row 21, Stand 459
    Eircode To showcase the work done by the LAS in conjunction with Government to develop AEC projects
    Mobile and Broadband Taskforce Take part in a survey with the Mobile and Broadband Taskforce
    National Broadband Plan Expert staff will be on site to demonstrate the NBP Map on www.broadband.gov.ie and respond to questions from members of the public
    Regional Development & Innovation Unit - AEC Play the life-sized board games and understand how broadband works and how the National Broadband Plan will be delivered
    Bus Eireann 3 Bus Eireann coaches will be on site
    Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail Check out a carriage of our new eco-friendly trains
    Defence Forces Block 4, Row 19, Stand 415
    Defence Forces See the Defence Forces Armoured Vehicles Try out Virtual Reality to experience life in the Defence Forces
    Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Block 3, Row 19, Stand 422
    Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine There will be a small demonstration area in the DAFM marquee, with demos of approximately 10-15 minutes durations taking place at intervals throughout the three days. The Demos at 11am and 3pm each day will be child-focused. These activities are being developed at present.
    Environment, Climate & Sustainability Block 4, Row 21, Stand 454
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Food waste management; septic tanks, rural environmental protection, radon
    Exploration and Mining Division See the specimen table to find out what everyday objects contain minerals. This exhibit offers an insight into the different minerals found across Ireland, their everyday use and importance of minerals in our modern society.
    Geological Survey Ireland Advice and info on groundwater and wells for landowners and farmers; soil analysis and mapping with Teagasc and Tellus programme; smart agriculture Well model and karst model; leaflets, maps and regional info
    Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) Try out the Angling simulator; specimen trays; aquariums; fish identification
    ObSERVE Do the ObSERVE Quiz DOSITs cetacean identification noises; See a whale skull
    Sustainable Development Goals SDG game – treasure hunt/bingo/hoop games.
    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Check out SEAI's home energy calculators
    Green Schools Build a flood defence through lego game and other climate-related games with teams and leaderboards; See the ‘My Climate Pledge’ wall
    National Parks and Wildlife Service See the Dead Zoo (taxidermy exhibit); species identification and ecological info and supports; conservation information
    The Living Bog: EU LIFE Raised Bog Restoration Project See the specimens
    Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) Take part in the LAWPRO Interactive Quiz
    Met Éireann Witness some local weather forecasting and farming forecasts Witness a Weather station in action and learn how to access data on Met Eireann website
    My Waste Play the Waste sorting game Check out the My Impact app
    Global Ireland Block 3, Row 19, Stand 420
    Passport Service Have a go in the PhotoMe Booth, and check the security features of passports with a UV light
    Ambassador's Office: New Mission openings and Global Ireland Strategy Children's games (e.g word searches)
    Government of Ireland Marquee Block 3, Row 20, Stand 435
    Government of Ireland Marquee A full list of events will be available shortly on this page
    Health & Wellbeing Block 3, Row 21, Stand 458
    Health Campaigns / HSE including Healthy Ireland Book readings and storytelling Walking /exercise demo / ten minute stretches/music Play ‘Go Noodle’ dance and song and get moving Drop by the book readings and storytelling Do some 10 minute stretches Come see a demo of CPR in action and get advise on AED’s (defibulatiors)
    Safefood Safefood's Rufus will be on hand to help you learn about hand washing
    Quit Interview with a Quit survivor CO2 monitoring of smokers/farmers/others
    Volunteer Ireland Head to the TED Talk interactive and learn about volunteering benefits
    eLearning: Skills, Education and Training Block 4, Row 20, Stand 432
    All-day Activity Junk Kouture
    The Learning and Skills tent will showcase exciting activity across the education system with interactive displays of further education courses in areas as diverse as film production and agriculture.Audience events will include musical performances by Music Generation, online safety tips and guidance from Webwise, cutting-edge design from Junk Kouture, panel discussions including leading academics from across our universities discussing important issues such as biodiversity, climate action and rural sustainability, and ‘beat the robot’ tests of skill. See the education system in action – powered by teachers
    Digital Skills for Citizens Scheme Sign up for free basic digital skills classes and learn how to use Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype with family, use Government online services or save money shopping and banking online. Classes are available nationwide. Staying connected with family and friends has important benefits for your health and wellbeing.
    Junior Cycle for Teachers The JCT team will be showcasing what students learn in junior cycle, providing information on the development of critical and analytical skills and problem solving and on the new subject specifications in use in our schools.
    Schools Digital Champion Programme Students are invited to develop their creativity, critical-thinking, team working and communications skills by completing an innovative project using technology to make a difference to their schools, homes, local communities and local businesses. The programme provides a skills training day, visits to leading tech companies and a national showcase event.
    SOLAS and Education and Training Board Staff from around Ireland will be showcasing all the best that further education and training colleges have to offer. Practical demonstration, panel discussions and interactive displays will include media production, agricultural studies, virtual welding, mini-digger simulation and much more.
    SUSI Student universal Support Ireland SUSI advisors will be on hand to answer your questions about student grants for higher and further education.
    Teaching Transforms (Teaching Council/DE&S) Learn more about pathways to teaching, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and registering as a teacher in Ireland.
    Property: Homes, Buildings and Land Block 3, Row 21, Stand 461
    Valuation Office See the archive database of maps and books available onsite.
    Road Safety Authority Block 4, Row 20, Stand 431
    Road Safety Authority Come see the interactive shuttle and the RSA Rollover simulator There will be demos on child car seats, trailers, agricultural vehicles, truck blind spots, safe overtaking of cyclists, and vehicle checks etc. Staff will provide advice to drivers and learner drivers of car, buses, trucks and motorcycles in relation to their educational requirements
    Teagasc Block 3, Row 20, Stand 437
    Teagasc The soil, basis for all sustainability: View what’s happening deep below the soil surface as Teagasc soil scientists identify what makes a soil healthy, how do roots thrive in well structured soils. How can you optimise your soil management for maximum sustainability of both production and the environment.
    Teagasc Growing grass is your cheapest feed. This demonstration will show how to manage your grass sward to optimise grass production, reducing your feeding costs and optimising profitability. Animals grazing high quality grass are the most efficient in terms of production and the environment. Improving grass management is a win: win.
    Teagasc Slurry, how you apply it really matters: In another large scale demonstration view how splash plate application v trailing shoe application looks on a grass sward. Trailing shoe application is good for yields and better for the environment. See for yourself.
    Teagasc Tillage, Forestry, Environment. Integrated Pest Management, appropriate afforestation and environmental initiatives promoting Biodiversity are key to sustainability on any farm. View lifesize exhibits on each of these topics at this demonstration.
    Visit: Culture and Heritage Block 3, Row 21, Stand 457
    Built Heritage Witness our unique national built heritage includes a range of rural structures including farmhouses and related outbuildings; country houses; churches
    The Office of Public Works - Heritage Services Learn about our most popular sites – Rock of Cashel, Newgrange, Glendalough, Clonmacnoise, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, Kilkenny Castle

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