With some 82,000 visitors to the first day of the 2014 National Ploughing Championships, it was a busy day for visitors and exhibitors alike.

While the rain threatened to dampen the first day, early-morning showers had cleared by the time the first visitors were on site. Some drops around 5pm only threatened to turn into a shower, but held off.

Here is a selection of some of the events and people of the first day at Ratheniska, Co. Laois.