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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

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

18 Jul 2018

Snap Happy at The Durrow Scarecrow Festival!

The Arts and Crafts Exhibition also incorporates the annual Photography Competition which is always a big event and attracts some of the best photographers around. The competition has a Junior and Senior category. Print size for both competitions go from standard size to maximum 12” x 10”. The entry fees are Senior €8 and Junior (U16) €5.

Entry Dates: Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st July from 3-6pm both days in Durrow Community Centre. Maximum of 3 photos per entry.

For more info contact Andrew Walsh 086-3791904.

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)