The festival that’s outstanding in its field …

Kayaking Sessions On The River Erkina

Make A Splash with Laois Kayak & Canoe Club

As part of this year’s Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Laois Kayaking will hold sessions on Sunday 31st of July. The Kayaking Sessions will star at 12pm, and continue throughout the day, finishing up at 6pm.

Hosted by the local Laois Kayak & Canoe Club, this is the perfect opportunity to try out something new, or maybe you are already a dab hand in the water!

The Kayaking session costs €5, and booking is not required. Please bring a pair of old shoes or runners to wear whilst kayaking, and an all important change of clothes, just in case!
All kayaking equipment will be provided on the day.

When: Sunday 31st July
Time: 12pm-6pm
Where: River Erkina, Durrow (Beside Fire Station)
Cost: €5

Historical Walking Tour of Durrow with Sean Conroy

A Walk Through Durrow’s Past

Tuesday 26th July & Wednesday 27th July

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. Allow a minimum 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 comfortable shoes or hiking boots, this walk is part village and part countryside.

Tuesday 26th July

Time: 7PM – 8:30PM
Cost: €5
Age: Suitable for all age groups
Starting Point: At Entrance to Scarecrow Village

Wednesday 27th July

Time: 7PM – 8:30PM
Cost: €5
Age: Suitable for all age groups
Starting Point: At Entrance to Scarecrow Village

Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Adult’s Scarecrow Making Workshops

Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2022.

Sunday July 24th.

This workshop is being held on the opening Sunday of Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2022.

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 24th July, 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!!!

Scarecrow with how to make a scarecrow wooden sign hanging from neck, set against an orange background
How to make a scarecrow!

Overall Winner 2019

Save Our Bees, Hug Our Trees, Clean Our Seas

It was tipped by many to come out on top, and when the drum roll subsided, and the 2019 Overall Winner was announced, it was Dove House’s wonderful creation, that had stole the hearts of the judges, as well as the public!

‘Save Our Bees, Hug Our Trees, Clean Our Seas’ is not just a wonderfully assembled installation, it also carries a potent message about our environment! We all know the importance of the great pollinators, that are bees, the need to protect our trees, and the plight faced by so many species, that live in our plastic polluted seas! This year’s winner cleverly combined, and highlighted all three issues, in such a unique, fun, and educational way!

We extend our congratulations to Dove House, for their wonderful creation, which has earned them the title of All Ireland Scarecrow Champions 2019, and also to all winners in this year’s hotly contested competition!
Our sincerest thanks to everyone who took part, and the entries never cease to amuse and amaze! They get better and better, year after year!

We will publish an entire list of all winners, very soon, but tonight belongs to Dove House and ‘Save Our Bees, Hug Our Trees, Clean Our Seas’!

Save Our Bees, Hug Our Trees, Clean Our Seas
Overall Prize
Category Sponsored by St. Canice’s Credit Union