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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 www.durrow.ie

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 www.creactivestudios.com

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 www.durrow.ie

06 Aug 2018

The 2018 All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship Awards at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival

The 2018 All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship Awards Ceremony took place in the Scarecrow Village on Sunday 5th August, kindly sponsored by St Canices Credit Union. For the first time ever we had Joint Overall Winners with the top prize shared between “Scarecrow Electric Picnic” by Durrow Men Most Actively Seeking Retirement and The Pope Mobile” by the Conahy Vintage Club.

Fantastic work from both groups indeed.

All the other results are as follow …

General/Open

1st – “Daniel and the Den of Lions” by The Faith Mission Summer Camp
2nd – “Peter’s Borough in Durrow” by Dove House
3rd – “Spiderstraw” by Ellis Family

Most Humorous

1st – “The Old Scarecrow Who Lived in a Shoe” by Kathleen Drennan
2nd – “Seven Meno-pausal Dwarfs” by Ann Conroy
3rd – “Holy Cow” by Tom Dunne

Most Topical

1st – “Scary Art” by Marie Moylan
2nd – “The Handmaids Bale” by Ann Lanigan and Theresa Delaney
3rd – “I Really Don’t Care. Do You? by Declan and Stephanie Phelan

School/Pre-School

1st – “When I Grow Up” by Happy Days Creche
2nd – “Not Another Stampy!” by Padraic and Naoise Buckley
3rd – “Cat in a Straw Hat” by Siona Lalor

Youth Under 16

1st – “Ebony and Ivory” by Paige Boyhan
2nd – “Texaco” by Glen and Neil Stanley
3rd – “Disney’s ‘Moana’ How Far l’U Go” by Lucy and Anna Clooney

Youth Assisted

1st – “Peter Rabbit” by Caoimhe, Neasa O’Regan and Ellen Woods
2nd – “Maorina” by Aaron Jacob
3rd – “Room on the Broom” by Teresa Delaney

The Judges Choice
(in no particular order)

“Owl Be Out Kayaking” by Laois Kayak and Canoe Club
“Fake News” by Mattew and Gillian Bowe
“The Scarecrow’s Christmas” by Ballyragget Hall Wednesday Morning Group
“The Really Hae’s” by Sean Conroy

Large Hay Bale Competition 2018

1st – Porcupine “Looking Sharp” by Emily and Millie
2nd – Dartboard by Ela Jago
3rd – The “Hay I” Man by the Conroy Crew

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

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!

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.

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