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12 Jul 2019

Wrestlers Out – Dinosaur’s In

Unfortunately our friends from the IWW Wrestling, have had difficulty with insurance issues, and have had to cancel many of their events, including their Bank Holiday booking with us! We did not find out about the cancellation, until after this year’s Durrow Scarecrow Festival Brochure had been printed, and it is listed as taking place, in that publication.

So please be advised that the IWW Wrestling for Monday 5th August, is cancelled!

But worry not, we still have a big day planned, and the Scarecrow Village is going all Jurassic Park, as the amazing Dinosaurs Day Live experience, comes to Durrow!

Dinosaurs Live Day

So come along to the Scarecrow Village, at Durrow Scarecrow Festival, and MEET THE DINOSAURS!!!

Dinosaur Live makes its first appearance at our festival, on Bank Holiday Monday, 5th August, and is the perfect opportunity for kids and adults, to meet and greet, some amazing, life-like dinosaurs!!!

Join Terry The Triceratops,

Vinny the Velociraptor &

Trixie the Giant T-Rex for

Dinosaur-mus fun!!!

Where The Scarecrow Village
When August 5th Bank Holiday Monday

12.30pm – 5.30pm – €3 Entry  This is the only day that children are charged, for entry to the Scarecrow Village.

03 Jul 2019

Ladies Night at Castle Durrow

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

Have a great Ladies’ Night out with your friends in Castle Durrow on Tuesday 30th July, at 7.30pm where you can enjoy a three course meal, with a complimentary glass of wine. We are delighted to have Castle Durrow on board with us again this year for this very popular event. We are also delighted to have Fifty Seven Boutique and Gift Emporium, Durrow, and Ladybelle Boutique, Abbeyleix, who will provide all the trends for our Fashion Show!

They will thrill you with the latest fashion trends, modelled by locals.  Also involved this year, is Instagram Blogger, Get Glam with Gret .

We have a prize for Best Dressed Lady, on the night, which has been kindly donated by Fifty Seven Boutique!

A night of fashion and music not to be missed.

This is a ticket only event. Tickets are €40 and places are limited. Booking through Eventbrite.

Tickets for Ladies Night, are limited, and are on sale through Eventbrite.

03 Jul 2019

Festival Volunteers Meeting

A meeting for Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2019 volunteers and helpers, will take place on Tuesday 16th July, in the Library, Durrow at 9pm, and on Tuesday 23rd July, from 8pm-9pm on the green, in The Square.

Our festival is run entirely by volunteers, and we could always do with some extra help!! So if you feel that you can spare even an hour of your time, during this year’s event, please come along to the meeting and let us know.

Please spread the word too!!


01 Jul 2019
Durrow Scarecrow Festival

Drumming Workshop

When: Tuesday 30th 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 30th 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!

27 Jun 2019
Durrow Scarecrow Festival Kids Disco

Kids Discos At Durrow Scarecrow Festival

We have two Kids Discos taking place during this year’s Scarecrow Festival, and admission to both is FREE!
We will be joined by Disco Girl who will really get the party going for all the kids.

The Discos take place, in the Scarecrow Village on Monday 29th July at 3pm, and Wednesday 31st July, at 2pm!

Disco Girl

When: Monday 29th July
Where: Scarecrow Village
Time: 3pm
Admission: FREE

When: Wednesday 31st July
Where: Scarecrow Village
Time: 2pm
Admission: FREE

Please Note: Entry to the Scarecrow Village is €3 for adults!

21 Jun 2019
Durrow Scarecrow Festival Kayaking

Teen Zone – Kayaking On The River Erkina

As part of this year’s Teen Zone, at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival, Teen Kayaking takes place on Wednesday 31st of July at 7pm.

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 is for teenagers aged between 13 and 17, and the cost is €5.

Booking is through Eventbrite.

When: Wednesday 31st July, 7pm-8:30pm
Where: River Erkina, Durrow (Beside Fire Station)
Cost: €5

21 Jun 2019

Scarecrow Summer Camp Tickets Now On Sale

The Scarecrow Summer Camp runs each day from 10am-1pm in the Scarecrow Village right in the centre of the Durrow. The camp is strictly 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.

To join the other scarecrows in our Scarecrow Summer Camp and due to the large amount of enquiries and the limited spaces that we have, you will need to book the space here, through eventbrite, once the spaces are gone, unfortunately and with much regret they are gone.

One you have paid your booking fee, our team will forward you a confirmed booking applicaiton form which must be returned by email, post or drop to Happy days Creche before Monday 1st July, if the form is not received, a refund will be issue and the space given to a person on the cancellation waiting list.

This Camp is so popular that places are limited, so scare off them crows and get your application form to us as fast as you can.

The camp is strictly for kids aged between 5-12 years of age. Please do not apply if your child is outside of this age group as they will not be accepted.

Pricing is €50.00 per child

Children will not be allowed to participate in the camp if they have not been pre-registered and their monies paid.

Please email with your booking/order reference and name so we can forward the application form, please be advised that you won’t receive your booking form until after Monday 24th June but once you have paid and received your Eventbrite confirmation, your space is guaranteed so long as the terms and conditions are adheared to.


13 Jun 2019
Durrow Scarecrow Festival - Fancy Dress Dog Show

Fancy Dress Dog Show – Sunday July 28th

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.

The Fancy Dress takes place, at 2pm on Sunday 28th July, beside the playground, where last year’s Scarecrow Electric Picnic was on display.

Entry is Free, and there will be prizes in categories including; Best Small Dog, Best Medium Dog, Best Large Dog, Best Homemade Costume, Most Original Costume and Best Overall!

Overall Winner

The Best overall dog,  wins the prize, pictured below, which is kindly created and sponsored by Totally Pawsome Pooch, who will be trading at our Food and Craft Fair, on Sunday 28th July and Monday 5th August.

Fancy Dress Dog Show

Date: Sunday, 28th July

Time: 2pm

Venue: Old Boys’ School (Beside Durrow Playground)

Cost: Entry is Free

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.