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13 Sep 2018

Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2018

Well the curtain has come down on another successful Durrow Scarecrow Festival and we have had time to draw our breath. The 2018 event brought thousands of people to Durrow for a fun filled nine days and the news spread near and far of our wonderful scarecrows.

Durrow Development Forum would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and all those who supplied their services free of charge or land for parking. A special thanks to our scarecrow makers. We cannot express our appreciation enough to our many volunteers who continue to donate their time before, during and after the Festival, your commitment is what makes this event so successful.

To An Garda Síochána, Civil Defence, Laois Partnership, Laois County Council and our Community Employment Scheme – thank you all for your support.

Finally, a big thank you to all the visitors who attended the festival, we hope you enjoyed it and we would love to see you again next year.

Text Thanks To: Daniel Dunne at

13 Sep 2018

Durrow Scarecrow Festival branding gets a fresh lick of paint!

If you were at it or were following the Durrow Scarecrow Festival this year you might have noticed that the festival got a rebrand with a bright fresh new logo which was carried on all our promotional material including a new website, signage, programme and social media … everywhere!.

The fun scarecrow with his crow buddy was everywhere around the town. The work was carried out by Mike McCarthy at Creactive Studios, based in Mountmellick. We loved it and a big thank you for all the enthusiasm and creativity.

Check out his website and work here at

27 Aug 2018

Mary Ryan receives the 2018 Community Endeavour Award at this year’s Durrow Scarecrow Festival

A big congratulations to Mary Ryan who was presented with the Community Endeavour Award for 2018 during the recent Durrow Scarecrow Festival. A fantastic worker in the community, it was an award well deserved.

Mary was involved with the Durrow Carnival and was a repeat winner at Fancy Dress Parade that was a feature of the Annual Carnival. Mary was also involved in the Badminton Club where she played for years winning trophies and awards. Mary was also a driving force behind the Lord Mayor campaign to build the Community Hall. She also was an active member of the local ICA group, serving a term as president.

Mary was very involved in the Church helping with all communions, confirmations, special events, making Altar drops and decorations for the Church for lots of occasions, and also involved with the Apostolic Society. Mary also organised the Blood Bank coming to Durrow while it ran in the Community Hall. Mary is also a member of the Cullohill and Durrow Flower Club and always is on hand to help with our local School plays and Scarecrow Summer Camps where she has designed, altered, transformed, re-used and created many costumes and she has also taught knitting, sewing, crafts, etc.

Outside of Durrow, Mary helps with Laois Riding for Disabled, volunteers for the Special Olympics and was involved with the Make Believers Charity. Ultimately, the person you go to when, you are in a bind, Mary has always and continues to be a great help to everyone in the community and this award to her is truly deserved. Congratulations Mary!

Text Thanks To: Daniel Dunne at

25 Jul 2018

Bank of Ireland to open over the August Bank Holiday Weekend

A big thank you to Bank of Ireland who will open the bank specifically for the Scarecrow Festival over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. They will be open from 12-4pm on the Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Bank Holiday Monday 6th August.

We are very thankful to them for doing this and it will be a great help to all the visitors who will be attending the festival. Again, hats off!

24 Jul 2018

Take The Leafy Loop at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival

The Laois Walks Festival goes from strength to strength and one of their walks happens to coincide with the Durrow Scarecrow festival – The Durrow Leafy Loop Walk brings you through woodland, farmland and riverbanks with a delightfully rich abundance of flora and fauna.

The walk takes place on Tuesday 31st July, meeting at the Square Durrow at 7.30pm – this is a Grade A walk of 12 km and should take 3-4 hours.
Grid Ref: S412787 

Check out the full Laois Walks Festival brochure here