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31 May 2019

Photography Competition

This Annual Photography Competition has a Junior and Senior Category.
Entry Fees: Senior €8 . Juvenile (U16) €5.
Print size for both competitions – Standard size to a maximum 12” x 10”.
Entry Dates: Mon 29th July and Tues 30th July from 3pm – 6pm both days in Durrow Community Centre.
Maximum of 3 photos per entry.
The photography competition is run in conjunction with our Arts & Crafts Exhibition & Sale. All entrant’s photographs will be on display at the exhibition venue, which is located opposite the Roman Catholic Church, on the Kilkenny Road.
In order to enter, participants need to drop off their entries, with entry fee, to Durrow Community Centre, on Monday 29th July, or Tuesday 30th July, between 3pm and 6pm each day.
For further information contact Andrew Walsh (086) 3791904 or
31 May 2019

Field Of Dreams – Down Syndrome Ireland, Laois Branch

We are delighted to have the Laois branch of Down Syndrome Ireland, in attendance for the nine days of this year’s festival. They will showcase their plans, for a truly inspiring project – the Laois “Field of Dreams”, which is their hope for a new life for their members, giving them the chance to be gainfully employed and therefore offering them the opportunity to be as financially and socially independent as they can possibly be and fully integrated in society.

Context of the Down Syndrome Ireland “Laois Branch”

Abbeyleix “Field of Dreams”

The main reasons for the Laois “Field of Dreams” are:

Currently our adult population with an intellectual difficulty in Laois spend most of their time in Day Service Provision in a non-productive way, which can often have huge adverse effects in terms of their mental health and well-being, and feelings of self-worth.  There is no proper life plan of meaningful progression in place for our adult members in terms of employment and social inclusion. Day Service Provision will always be a necessity, but it does not need to be a sitting service for all adults simply because there is nothing else out there for them in society currently.

We do not want this for our children and adults with an intellectual difficulty going forward in Laois.  The Laois “Field of Dreams” in Abbeyleix is a new way forward which will be parent led throughout and supported by our National body Down Syndrome Ireland.

Our adult population are entitled to the same employment opportunities as the rest of us in mainstream society.  Through meaningful paid employment opportunities, our members can then become properly engaged and be part of societal fabric instead of always being on the periphery to a very great degree.

The Laois “Field of Dreams” is our hope for a new life for our members with an intellectual difficulty.  Giving them the chance to be gainfully employed and therefore offering them the opportunity to be as financially and socially independent as they can possibly be and fully integrated in society.  This is no more than we would wish for any of our children irrespective of their ability or disability. We prefer to concentrate on our children and adults’ abilities as opposed to their disabilities.

None of the current services and supports provided by Down Syndrome Ireland “Laois Branch” would be possible without the huge generosity of the people of Laois over the last twenty-four years and for that we thank them sincerely.

Employment is the key to it all, and therefore the Laois “Field of Dreams” Employment Training Centre of Excellence is the door to meaningful progression for our adults.

To this end we have established a fundraising page for anyone wishing to donate to this great cause.



Our sincere thanks to the Durrow Scarecrow Festival for giving us the opportunity to showcase our plans for the Laois “Field of Dreams” during the Scarecrow Festival this year.


29 May 2019

Thinking Outside the Box with “Lulu’s World”

Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019.

Saturday 3rd August
Two Performances
1:00pm – 1:45pm
3:00pm – 3:45pm

Meet Lulu, an amazing 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! 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” at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival on Saturday 3rd August at 1:00 pm, and later the same day from 3:00pm to 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.

Find out more about LuLu’s World at

Other Events On Saturday August 3rd

Saturday 3rd August

Arts & Crafts Exhibition Durrow Community Centre on the Kilkenny Road Opening Hours 11am – 6pm Admission: Adults €2 – Teen & Kids Free including Pet Farm Old World Machinery Round Hay Bales The Miami Slide As it’s our 10th Anniversary, Scarecrow Festival, we really are trying to make it that extra bit special, and bringing the biggest slide in Europe, is sure to excite all!

26 May 2019

Historical Walking Tour of Durrow with Sean Conroy

The Walk is based on Marie Moylan’s Historical Map of Durrow and will follow the route of same. The earliest record of Durrow dates back to 546 A.D. and the walk will take you along to visit many distinctive buildings including the Courthouse, The Famine Memorial, the Castle, the Castle Gate Lodge and the Obelisk (in the Castle grounds). This is a perfect opportunity to learn about the history of Durrow.

This is a free Event through DDF/Durrow Scarecrow Festival but requires booking for numbers. Book Here!

Allow a minumum of 1 hour for the walk but may take more time.

Meet at the Scarecrow Village Entrance ten minutes before the start of the walk, wear comfertable shoes or hiking boots, this walk is part village and part countryside.

Times & Dates

Wednesday July 31st at 2:00pm

Friday August 2nd at 7:00pm

Durrow Laois Historical Walk in conjunction with Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Historical Walking Tour of Durrow with Sean Conroy The Walk is based on Marie Moylan’s Historical Map of Durrow and will follow the route of same. The earliest record of Durrow dates back to 546 A.D.

20 May 2019
Bernard O'Shea to open Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019

Bernard O’Shea to Officially Open Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019

Scarecrow Village @3pm Sunday July 28th.

Durrow Scarecrow Festival is all about fun and laughter, so who better to officially open our tenth anniversary event in 2019, than our very own Bernard O’Shea. A native of Durrow, Bernard’s comedic value continues to soar, and we are always delighted to proudly welcome him home!!

Events on the opening day, Sunday 28th July, get underway from 11am, and Bernard will officially open Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019, in the Scarecrow Village, at 3pm! So be sure to come along! The laughs are guaranteed!!!!

Check out all Sunday’s Events

Sunday 28th July

3PM in the Scarecrow Village: Durrow’s funniest export, Bernard O’Shea will officially open Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019!


19 May 2019
Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Adult’s Scarecrow Making Workshops

Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019.

July 28th & August 4th.

New to this year’s Scarecrow Festival, to celebrate our 10th Anniversary year, is the Scarecrow Making Workshops for adults. The workshops are being held on both Sundays during the festival, and entry is free!

Children have long enjoyed being tutored in the fine art of making scarecrows, so we thought, “why not give the adults a chance!”

So if you are in the Scarecrow Village, on Sunday the 28th July, or Sunday 4th August, do drop in, and learn the craft from those who have many year’s experience, and many, many scarecrow creations to their names.

For homework, you will have one year to come up with a wonderful scarecrow for next year’s competition!!!

Durrow Scarecrow Festival
Durrow Scarecrow Festival


14 May 2019
Cocoa Couture at The Durrow Scarecrow Festival.

Children’s Chocolate Workshop with Cocoa Couture

Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019.

Chocolate Workshop!

This year’s Children’s Chocolate Workshop with Cocoa Couture is limited to 15 people, price per person €5.00 + bookiong fee! The fee for this workshop has been subsidized by Durrow Scarecrow Festival, and really is great value!

The workshop is for children aged 6 – 12 years. Please allow 1 hour 10 mins for the duration of this workshop!

The class is given by award winning Blas na hEireann Artisan Chocolatier, Catherine O’Callaghan, who will assist you in making your own Artisan Chocolate Lollipop, complete with labels and packaging. Catherine will also talk about packaging, waste and Recycling, during the workshop, while your creations are setting. This is a great opportunity to learn from an award winning chocolatier!


Children's Chocolate Workshop

5+ Booking Fee
  • Chocolate Creations
  • With Packaging
  • And Labeled
Some of Cocoa Couture's wonderful chocolate creations!
Some of Cocoa Couture's wonderful chocolate creations!
14 May 2019
Geraldine Wisdom - Rush Workshop @ Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Gerardine Wisdom Rush Workshop

Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019.

Gerardine Wisdom Rush Workshop.

Gerardine Wisdom joins us on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of August, two seperate workshops where you will receive tution on how to work with rush and make a basket, bag or rushwork item to bring home with you.

This is a fantastic oppertunity to receive a masterclass with one of the countries best known rushwork 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.

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. Allow 2-3 Hours minimum.

Tickets are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment!


Geraldine Wisdom Rush Workshop

15+ Booking Fee
  • Rush Work
  • Basket Making
  • Bag Making