The festival that’s outstanding in its field …

Dog Obedience & Training with Pat Slattery

Taking place on Saturday 30th July, from 1pm to 5pm, Dog Obedience & Training, with Pat Slattery, is sure to be lots of fun!
Get tips and techniques on how to improve your dog’s general behaviour!

When: Saturday 30th July
Where: Behind Playground, on Kilkenny Road
Time: 1pm – 5pm

Please note: Unfortunately we had to cancel the previously advertised Dog Agility event, as due to unforeseen circumstances, our host could not make it this weekend.

A Dog friendly festival!

Dogs leave paw prints on our hearts, and we know how dear they are to all who are lucky enough to have a canine companion! Durrow Scarecrow Festival is a dog friendly event and the pooches are always more than welcome!
All we ask of owners is to keep their dogs on a lead at all times, and of course to clean up, after nature calls!

We have Doggie Water Stations in place in all our festival areas!

Senior Citizens Day – July 25th @ 3pm


Venue: The Scarecrow Village

Our Senior Citizens Day, takes place on Monday 25th July, from 3pm to 5pm, in the Scarecrow Village, sp please take note of our venue change. Our original plan was to welcome all senior citizens to the newly refurbished ICA Hall, on Patrick Street, but unfortunately renovations are just not quite complete, so with everyones’s health and safety in mind, we decided to move location.
So do please come along to the Scarecrow Village for what is always a wonderful day, with music, chat and refreshments.



Holly Ogilvie to Officially Launch Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Holly Ogilvie will officially launch this year’s Durrow Scarecrow Festival, on Sunday 24th July at 12:15pm, in the Scarecrow Village. Holly is a member of the Laois Kayak and Canoe club, which is based in Durrow, Co. Laois. 

Earlier this month, Holly competed for Ireland at the World Canoe Freestyle Championships.

Having won her heat she progressed to the semi-final, and Holly is now ranked as the 8th junior female in the World, which is an amazing achievement.  

Held every two years the event saw over 200 of the world’s best freestyle kayakers, from more than 25 countries come together at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham, England to compete.

Freestyle is a whitewater discipline where competitors use the power of the water to score points for tricks and flips on a set feature of a rapid. Points are awarded by judges for each different rotation during a timed choreographed routine.

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

Durrow Scarecrow Festival Summer Camp

The Scarecrow Summer Camp runs each day from 10am-1pm in the Scarecrow Village right in the centre of the village. The camp is for children aged between 5 and 12 years. The camp has proved very popular over the last few years, providing children with a host of different activities over the week including: Clay Modelling, Drama, Sports, Arts and Crafts and much much more. This year every effort will be made to ensure that all materials used for Arts and Crafts will be recycled material.

Visitors should take note that The Scarecrow Village, bouncy castles etc. are closed during this time. Booking is now available through Eventbrite.


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

Free Lego Workshop

Do LEGO Boats Float?

Ahoy Maties! Drop into Durrow Library, on Tuesday 26th July, to take part in one of our creative Lego workshops. Design and build a boat with the world’s most popular toy, then test it to see if it floats on it’s maiden voyage.  These workshops take place at various times during the day, just drop into the Library and join a session – Free Event

There will be a Prize for the best Lego Boat!!!

Where: Durrow Library
When: Tuesday 26th July
Time: Ongoing throughout the day


Ladies Night at Castle Durrow

The ever popular Ladies Night, takes place in Castle Durrow, on Wednesday 27th July at 7:30pm.

The ever popular Ladies Night at Castle Durrow is back this year with MC on the night, Dr. AnneMarie Eustace Ryan. Fashion Show in association with Fifty Seven Boutique and Gift Emporium, Durrow and Ladybelle Boutique, Abbeyleix, who will provide all the trends for our Fashion Show! Cocktail Demonstration by Susan from The Yard at Bob’s Bar, and a Chat on Gut Health/Menopause.
Food, Drinks and Music on the night. Tickets on sale from 10am on Eventbrite from Friday 1st July.

Book Here

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Drumming Workshop

When: Tuesday 26th July
Where: Scarecrow Village
Time: 2pm – 6pm
Admission: Free – Drop in anytime!

Full Circle is based in Cork City, but will join us on Tuesday 26th July at 2pm, for the ever popular Drumming Workshop!

Full Circle was founded by community based percussionist Patrick Naughton, in response to people’s desire to drum. Patrick is an experienced player and workshop facilitator, fusing West African and world rhythms on the djembe (indigenous drum to West Africa) and various other percussion instruments, such as darabuka, dun dun (bass drum), shaker, and a variety of African bells.

The Drum Circle is a place where we can gather in a safe, non-competitive space, to explore our connection to rhythm and sound. It provides an opportunity to meet new people and have fun.

Teaching through song, story and rhythm we connect to ourselves, our community and a deeper sense of place.

Benefits of Drumming

Since the beginning of time people have gathered together in circles celebrating life. The drum, one of the primary tools found in all cultures, has been used for many purposes.
The benefits of drumming are multi-fold! It creates a powerful sense of unity and focus for a group, leaving you relaxed and more receptive!
Simple rhythms and repetition develops our sense of timing and awakens our creative side.
Groups can vary in size, gender, age and background. People of all diversities come together to a common beat!

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!