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24 Apr 2019
Durrow Scarecrow Festival Volunteers

Durrow Scarecrow Festival – Volunteers Needed!

Ten Years of Community Endeavour!

2019 is the tenth anniversary year of the Durrow Scarecrow Festival, and our aim, like every other year, is to deliver an even better fun filled, family friendly festival!!!

Since its inception, right up to this, our tenth year, Durrow Scarecrow Festival has been run entirely by volunteers, and all monies raised have been reinvested in the village. Countless hours, days, weeks and months, are given by so many; from the planning stages of the event, to the set up, from scarecrow creation, to the actual running of the nine day festival, and the multitude of facets involved in that, not to mention the clean up, take down and storage of all festival paraphernalia. All of this is done by volunteers.

Anyone you see in our festival hi-viz vests, from carpark attendants, to those in the scarecrow village, are volunteers, as are many others working quietly behind the scenes! And hand on our hearts, even though we are part of it too, we really want to thank everyone for their help, and appeal for more help too!

Even if it’s just one hour of your time that you can spare, it would be so greatly appreciated! If it’s more than that, then all the better!

Scarecrow Kids Summer Camp

We are also looking for a suitable volunteer for our ever popular Scarecrow Summer Camp for kids. As the role requires Garda vetting, we would love to hear from volunteers soon, in order to have everything in place, in time for the event.

The Summer camp runs from Monday 29th July, to Friday 2nd August, from 10am to 1pm each day, in the Scarecrow Village, right in the centre of Durrow. The camp is for children aged between 5 and 12 years. The camp has proved very popular over the last few years providing children with a host of different activities over the week including: Clay Modelling, Drama, Sports, Arts and Crafts and much much more. This year every effort will be made to ensure that all materials used for Arts and Crafts will be recycled material.

If you’d like to offer some of your time to help out at this year’s festival, or at our Kids Summer Camp, then please use the form below to get in touch, and we will contact you to arrange a role, and a time that suits you best!


Aerial view as work begins on the Scarecrow Village set up, in 2018.
Aerial view as work begins on the Scarecrow Village set up, in 2018.
Aerial view as work begins on the Scarecrow Village set up, in 2018.
Aerial view as work begins on the Scarecrow Village set up, in 2018.
31 Jul 2018

Foosball Tournament 2018

Now in it’s fourth year, the Annual Pub Foosball Tournament is an exciting contest that is held over three nights in the Scarecrow Village and is yet another fun part of the Durrow Scarecrow Festival! Pubs all across the town are using the transfer window to get as many good signings as possible, so if you’re a bit of a Messi, go to your local and negotiate with the barman or barlady for a place on the team!

The fixtures this year are as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 31st at 7.30pm: Decs Fawltys
  • Thursday, August 2nd at 7.30pm: Bobs Lennons
  • Saturday, August 4th at 7.30pm: FinalTuesday’s Winners v Thursday’s Winners.

The roll of honour is:

  • 2015: Lennons
  • 2016: Lennons
  • 2017: Bobs

Make sure to come along to the Scarecrow Village for great fun!

31 Jul 2018

Dunmore Country School Family Herb and Vegetable Discovery Trail

The Dunmore Country School Family Herb and Vegetable Discovery Trail promises to be a fantastic event for all the family. The Dunmore Country School scarecrows “Minty” and “Birdy” will be welcoming you during the Durrow Scarecrow Festival on Saturday 4th August and Sunday 5th August 10.30am-11.30am. You will discover the garden with Tanguy and taste a mint crème brûlée at the end of the tour. Booking essential, pay €5 at the Scarecrow Village before you come down to our garden.

 

26 Jul 2018

Win a Family Pass to the IWW Wrestling on the Monday Bank Holiday 6th August

WIN A FAMILY PASS to IWW Wrestling on the Monday Bank Holiday 6th August (2 Adults 2 Children) and witness some of the stars of the Irish Wrestling scene perform amazing feats.

All you gotta do is LIKE, SHARE, COMMENT, TAG this article on our Facebook Page and leave the rest to us – the competition will run until Thursday 2nd July and the winner will be drawn on Friday 3rd and notified same day.

Terms & Conditions
This pass entitles you to Family Entry to IWW Wrestling – Pass is for two adults and two children or 4 persons in total.
Pass is Non Transferable and not exchangeable for cash.
Pass Accepted at the Entry to the Scarecrow Village.

Independent Vendors located within the Scarecrow Village charge their own rates for the use of bouncy castles or games etc. Pass does not include use of same.

25 Jul 2018

Win a “MY FRIEND & I” Pass to the Fairy Door Workshop

WIN A “MY FRIEND & I” PASS to the Fairy Door Workshop which is located in the Scarecrow Village allowing you and a friend admission to the workshop.

All you gotta do is LIKE, SHARE, COMMENT, TAG this article on our Facebook Page and leave the rest to us – the competition will run until Friday 27th July and the winner will be drawn on Saturday 28th and notified same day.

The Workshops take place on Sunday 29th July and Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd August from 3-4pm each day – so pick a day, call in and take home a cool Fairy Door which you will have created yourself. How cool is that?

Pass is Valid for any one of the 4 days and times above.

Terms & Conditions
This pass entitles you to the Fairy Door Making Children’s workshop on one of said dates – Pass is for workshop for two children.
Pass is Non Transferable and not exchangeable for cash
Pass Accepted at the Fairy Door Workshop inside the Scarecrow village

Independent Vendors located within the Scarecrow Village charge their own rates for the use of bouncy castles or games etc. Pass does not include use of same.

21 Jul 2018

Recycling Ambassadors at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival

The Recycling Ambassador Programme with Voice Ireland comes to the festival on Wednesday, August 1st from 12.30-1.30pm in The Library, Chapel St, Durrow.

Tickets are available at the Eventbrite Page, so go to it and register, places are going fast.

Want to know what goest in your bin?
Recycling Ambassadors will show you what you can recycle in the household bin in this free interactive workshop. The Recycling workshops are being offered in conjuction with Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Durrow Tidy Towns and Voice Ireland and is an initiative to help improve Ireland’s Recycling rates and reduce levels of contamination in household recycling bins. Don’t miss this oppertunity on how to get your recycling bin sorted.

We also have more Recycling Events happening later in the day at The Scarecrow Village, see below;

Stop Food Waste with Laois Co Council
2.15-3.30pm

Recycle Ireland Workshop with Leah Comiskey
3.30-5.30pm

17 Jul 2018

Always great music in The Scarecrow Village!

Scarecrows like nothing better after a hard days crow-scaring than the kick back and listen to some great music in the Scarecrow Village. We think they only like hillbilly music, what with all that straw and all … but we hear that they like all types of music. That’s why we have a varied selection of acts at the Scarecrow Festival to cater for everyone from traditional irish, pop, folk, classical to country. So why not take a break from it all and listen to some great music. 

We are delighted to have Bank of Ireland onboard as sponsors of our Scarecrow Village Music lineup this year, it’s always great entertainment. And not only that but the bank will be open on the Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th of the August Bank Holiday weekend as well – it’s great to have local business like this getting involved and showing great community spirit. Well done!

Here is the full timetable of acts in the Scarecrow Village;

Sunday 29th July
No Limits 1-3pm
Government Cheese 4.45-6.45pm

Monday 30th July
JL Sound 3-5pm
Andrew Walsh 7.30pm

Tuesday 31st July
Johnny Keegan 6-8pm

Wednesday 1st August
JL Sound 3-5pm
Campion School of Music and Malone School of Dance 7pm

Thursday 2nd August
Ray O’Sullivan 3-5pm
Dooley Brothers 6-8pm

Friday 3rd August
Ray O’Sullivan 3-5pm
Dave Furey 6-8pm

Saturday 4th August
Away with the Fairies 2-4pm
Woodbine 4-6pm

Sunday 5th August
No Limits 12.30-2.30pm
Sweet Freedom 3.30-4.30pm and 5-6pm
(they will take a 30 minute break for the Awards Ceremony)

16 Jul 2018

Gerardine Wisdom Rush Workshop

Gerardine Wisdom joins us on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of August, two separate workshops where you will receive tuition on how to work with rush and make a basket, bag or rush-work item to bring home with you. This is a fantastic opportunity to receive a masterclass with one of the country’s best known rush-work artists.

Her fantastic rush-work and basketry has drawn many admirers and it’s an honour to have her in Durrow. You will leave with a whole new appreciation of the rush and what can be achieved with them as a craft element.

Arrive at the Scarecrow Village for 10.00AM, please note, village will be closed but a steward will be available to admit you to the Rush Workshop. Tickets are available through the Gerardine Wisdom Rush Workshop Facebook Event page, €15 each. No rush – but make sure you get your tickets as this is a very popular workshop.

Please note that though the Rush Workshop is from 10am until 5pm, this is not the full length of time you will be there. Time is allowed for each person to proceed at their own pace and finish their creation.

10 Jul 2018

Brewing up a storm with Coffee Aroma!

Martina Breen will be back with her crew at Coffee Aroma who will be serving up the best coffee around in the Scarecrow Village for the full nine days of the festival. So if its coffee you’re after this is the place to go. Check them out on their Facebook Page.

10 Jul 2018

Cookies and Cupcakes are GO at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival!

The Cookie and Cupcake Workshop is with us on Sunday 29th July, Monday 30th July, Tuesday 31st July and Saturday 4th August – this is a fantastic walk-in workshop where you can decorate your own Cookie or Cupcake.

The Cookie and Cupcake Workshop is brought to you by Baked By Liz, a home bakery that creates custom cakes to order. They make cakes and cupcakes for Birthdays, Christenings, Communions, Confirmations, etc. and will add an extra element to all the goings on at The Scarecrow Village – promises to be great.

In the meantime have a look at Baked By Liz on her Facebook page.