Minister launches churn racing event

Ministers Simon Coveney and Tom Hayes keep an eye on preparations for this year's National Churn Race Championship to be held in Tipperary Town.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has launched the National Churn Race Championship, a unique race that takes place as part the Tipperary Co-op “It’s a long way to Tipperary” Festival.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has launched the National Churn Race Championship, a unique race that takes place as part the Tipperary Co-op “It’s a long way to Tipperary” Festival.

The ten-day festival runs from 4th – 14th July with the final of the Churn Race being held in Tipperary Town centre on Saturday, 13th July at 7:00pm.

Throughout the festival there will plenty of family-friendly activity on the streets of the town.

The race’s origins date back 40 years when workers from Tipperary Co-Op decided to race milk churns down the main street of the town. Last year’s exhibition Churn Race drew a huge crowd.

It’s expected that this year will be even bigger as Tipperary Co-Op throws down the gauntlet to other Co-Ops and clubs around the country to show their hand at churn racing.

Minister Coveney and Minister Hayes (right) were given a demonstration by Brian Roche and Johnathan Ryan at the launch.