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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

Recycle Ireland Workshop with Leah Comiskey

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)

16 Jul 2018

The 2018 All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship Awards Ceremony

The 2018 All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship Awards Ceremony The All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship Awards Ceremony will take place in the Scarecrow Village from 4.30-5pm on Sunday 5th August. This is the culmination of the festival and marks the unveiling of this year’s overall winner and the winners of the various other categories. The first prize is sponsored by St Canices Credit Union in Durrow – a big thank you to them, it really helps and is greatly appreciated.

We cant wait to see who wins the various categories and who the overall winner will be – this is a great reward for all the hard work, creativity and effort that goes into each and every one of the entries. We know what you do, and you do it so well, Well done to all!

The Overall Winner in 2017 was “The Greatest Show on Earth” produced by Conahy Vintage Group. A fantastic piece of work, can anyone topple them to take their place on the Roll of Honour?

The various categories include;

Most Topical
Most Humorous
Youth with Adult Assistance
Youth (Under16)

The Round Hay Bale Competition winners are also announced here, so if you entered that one, keep a close watch here as well.

So if you are in the Scarecrow Village when the music stops on Sunday 5th August from 4.30-5pm check it out and give the winners a big cheer!

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.

10 Jul 2018

Miriam has something for everyone!

We are delighted to have Miriam’s Handmade Gifts at the Scarecrow Festival for four days at the Food and Craft Fair. She will be bringing her diverse range of jewellery including bracelets, charm bracelets and necklaces. Why not check out her Facebook Page and you might have something in mind when you meet her in person.

10 Jul 2018

Thinking Outside the Box with “Lulu’s World”

Meet Lulu, a street artist that can’t be contained in any gallery. Enter her crazy world of make believe, where magic happens right in front of you, with the use of a magic marker! This lady will sweep you off your feet and drag you into her imagination. Who needs words when you’ve got a blank canvas and a marker to fill it.

Outside the Box will be preforming “Lulu’s World” not once for us but two times on Sunday 29th July, the first Sunday of the festival at 12.15-1pm and 3-3.45pm.

Francesca Castellano has been performing in Street Shows since 2003 and she has been working as a clown, aerialist, stilt-walker and fire artist with Cork Circus and Sorcaluba. A solo production, the show involves the use of paper, cardboard boxes, a personal assistant when needed and a case with art material safely kept inside. Suitable for all audiences.

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