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06 Aug 2019

Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019 – All The Winners

Overall Winner

Save Our Bee’s, Clean Our Sea’s and Hug Our Tree’s
Dove House Abbeyleix


Prize Sponsored by St. Canice’s Credit Union

1st Prize
Bee Seen
Kilkenny Men’s Shed

Second Prize

Jack & The Beanstalk
Happy Days Creche

Third Prize

Lunch Time In New York
Therese Delaney

Prizes in the Open/General category, sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Most Humorous

1st – Washing Day
Emily & Fiona Jacob

2nd – Leonardo In Love
Marie Moylan

3rd – Scardigras
Kathleen Drennan

Most Topical

1st – Tribute to Brendan Grace
PJ Aylward

2nd – Maura From Love Island
Brendan Murphy

3rd – LEOder of the vaRat Pack
The Kearney Clan

School / Pre School

1st – Little Bo Peep
Aoibheann & Siona Lalor

2nd – Scarecrow Graduation 2019
Happy Days Creche

3rd – Scary Ella De Ville
Maria & Amelia Clooney

Youth Under-16

1st – Harry Potter
Emily Ryan

2nd – Check Mate
Marlena Tobin & Amy Muldowney

3rd – Rapunzel
Julia & Saoirse Clancy

Youth Assisted

1st – Scarecrow Meadow School

Our Lady’s Primary School

2nd – Type 1 Warrior

Vinny O’Brien

3rd – Little Miss Muffet

Alana & Therese Delaney

Judges Choice Awards

Katie Taylor
Conahy Vintage Group

Formula 1 Pit Stop

Pat Farrell

Anti Social Media
Mags Conroy

The Beatles – Abbey Road
Gearoid Ryan


The Wise Old Owl
Megan Dwyer

Look Who Breezed in for the 10 Year Itch!
Marie Moylan

Living Scarecrows – Special Recognition Award
Hopper & Eileen

04 Aug 2019

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


04 Aug 2019

Brian Daly Magic at Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019

We are thrilled to have Magician, Brian Daly performing at this year’s Scarecrow Festival!!! As funny as they are amazing, Brian’s shows really are worth catching, and both young and old will be enthralled!

Brian will appear (see what we did there?!!!) in the Scarecrow Village, on Sunday 4th August for two shows!!! The first show is at 11:15am, and the second takes place that afternoon, at 2:30pm!

“Magician Brian Daly is bewildering and hilarious in equal measure. His shows are composed of jaw dropping magic and illusions, as well as side splitting comedy, with routines devised for a range of audiences. Having performed at exclusive events for some of the world’s top companies and at family festivals, Brian has a particular style that has the 40 year olds as entertained as the 4 year olds.”

Check out Brian’s act on the video below!

03 Aug 2019

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03 Aug 2019

Snapshots from the Scarecrow Festival!

If you haven’t already been to Durrow Scarecrow Festival, here is a sneak peek at what you’re missing!
It’s been wild, wacky, and so much fun, and the good news is, that the festival continues right through the Bank Holiday Weekend, finishing on Monday evening, with Dinosaur Day Live!

If ever two scarecrows were made for each other…..
Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019!
Found It!!!
Love this! See lots more Round Bale creations in The Ranch, at Durrow Scarecrow Festival!
Tribute to the late, great, Brendan Grace, situated in The Ranch, at Durrow Scarecrow Festival!
Teddy Bear Hospital
Darren Graham at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition, at Durrow Community Centre
Scarecrow t-shirts anyone?

Visit the Ranch, to see an amazing collection of ‘Old World Machinery’.
Laser Wars
In the Scarecrow Village
The Handmaid’s Bale
A sunny Scarecrow Village
Dinosaur Live Day 0n Monday August 5th!
Fun times in the Scarecrow Village, with Scats Bouncy Castles
Old World Machinery at The Ranch
Relaxing in the Scarecrow Village
Scarecrow Festival Duck Derby
Taking a break!
Scarecrow Time!!!
03 Aug 2019

Dunmore Country School – Family Herb & Vegetable Discovery Trail

Dunmore Country School – Family Herb & Vegetable Discovery Trail, with Tanguy de Toulgoët in association with Durrow Scarecrow Festival, takes place on both Saturday 3rd August and Sunday 4th August; from 10:30am to 11:30am on both days!

Booking is Essential!

Cost €2 per person, plus booking fee, and under 2 years are free.

This is a wonderful workshop suitable for all including families.

Meet at entrance to Scarecrow Village.

Book Now


03 Aug 2019

My Dog Or Me

Taking place on Saturday 3rd August, at 2pm, the My Dog Or Me agility challenge is sure to be lots of fun!
Challenge your dog and yourself, in this fun agility event, with both the owner and dog taking part!
Guide your pet through the tunnels, and if they decide they are not going through any tunnel, then the owner must complete that section instead!

This is a family fun event, where admission and participation are free!
A donations bucket will be present, and any contribution is entirely at your own discretion.

Prizes for the winners!!!

When: Saturday 3rd August
Where: Behind Playground, on Kilkenny Road
Time: 2pm – 5pm



Fancy Dress Dog Show - Sunday July 28th - Durrow Scarecrow Festival

What a great event to look forward to, and the good news is that it takes place on the first day of this year's Durrow Scarecrow Festival! A Dog Show is cute, but a Fancy Dress Dog Show is really going to be that extra bit special.

31 Jul 2019

Free Lego Workshop

We’ve added two Lego Workshops to our itinerary of events, for this year’s 10th Anniversary Durrow Scarecrow Festival!
Both workshops are FREE to attend, and will take place, in the Library Durrow, on Wednesday 31st July from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

There will be a Prize for the best Lego Scarecrow!

Where: Durrow Library
When: Wednesday 31st July
Time: 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm

28 Jul 2019

Cookery Demonstration – 3pm Monday 29th July

We have a cookery demonstration, with Alison from Castlewood Organic Farm, at 3pm in the Scarecrow Village, on Monday 29th July! Castlewood Farm is an IOFGA Certified Organic Farm located along the river Nore, near Durrow, Co. Laois. The farm is owned by Dominic & Alison Leonard and family. On the farm they produce pigs, sheep and cattle as well as grain crops to feed their animals.
A visit to Castlewood offers Guided Farm Tours, walking trails, a farm shop and Tea Rooms.

Alison’s Cookery Demonstration, which is free to attend, is also at the same time as our Free Kid’s Disco, and we also have a free Wood Turning Demonstration, with Padraig Phelan, which runs from 2pm-5pm.

All events take place in our Scarecrow Village, so it’s the perfect opportunity for both parents and kids to be entertained at the same time!

27 Jul 2019

Senior Citizens Night – July 29th @ 7pm

Our Senior Citizens Night, takes place on Monday 29th July, at 7pm, in the Scarecrow Village, so do please come along, for what is always a wonderful evening!

Starting at 7pm, until 9pm, do drop in and enjoy some music, and chat!