Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2016.
The Complete Winners List.
What can one say? Wow, I suppose. The 7th All Ireland Scarecrow Championships, finished on Monday 1st August, and unfortunately the elements finally reminded us that this was a festival taking place in Ireland.
Yes it rained all day, and never relented, but everything went ahead as planned, and so many people braved the weather, ensuring that this year’s wonderfully successful, Durrow Scarecrow Festival, did not end on a damper. We are so thankful to everyone who attended, despite the dreary weather, as we are to the thousands who visited over the nine day duration.
It was amazing. The thousands of people were amazing. The scarecrows – in quantity, quality and creativity were amazing. The committee – all volunteers, who organised, orchestrated and oversaw, the entire concept, were amazing. The volunteers who erected the Scarecrow Village, The Ranch, the Mad Hatters Tea Party, and directed traffic, parked thousands of cars, provided security, ran Summer Camps, Activities, Demonstrations, Art Exhibitions, and helped out in numerous other duties, were amazing.
To all involved we extend our utmost thanks and appreciation, for making 2016, such an overwhelming success story.
Speaking of success stories, we now get down to the business of the winning scarecrow entries for this year. As always the winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges, and as always it proved a very difficult task to narrow down, then finally chose winners from the multitude of brilliant entries.
What was also quite difficult today, was trying to get pictures of all the winning entries together, to share with you, as everyone was busy, with the post festival clean-up, disassembly, scarecrow gathering etc. So unfortunately, that is not possible just yet, but it’s a promise, that we will have each and every one, very soon.
So until then, we give you the entire list of winners, with some some pictures!!
Noah’s Ark – by Conahy Vintage Club
Round Hay Bale Competition
1st – Found It – Ger & Gerry
2nd – Bull – Fiona Jacob
3rd – MAKE HAY, NOT WAR 1916-2016 – Conroy Family
4th – Mike Wazowski: Monsters Inc. – John, Kate, Abbie, Sydney
5th – Bye BALEy Bunting – Irene Phelan
1st – Pirates on the Carrot Peeing – Joan Finlay
2nd – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Mags Conroy & Gang
3rd – The Empty Nest – Rose Woods
Joint 4th – Metal Man – Dunderry Fair
Joint 4th – I can be a scarecrow too – Marie Clancy
5th – Driving Miss Daisy – Carmel and Michael Murphy
1st – The Enormous Turnip – Durrow Fire Brigade
2nd – The Failed Escape – Marie Moylan
Joint 3rd – The Run Away Bride – Val Delahunty
Joint 3rd – Park and Ride – The Harps GAA
1st – Moth On Buachaill – Marlena and Sophia Tobin
2nd – Star Wars on Skellig Michael – Liam & Brian Lynch
3rd – Trump Card – Martin Lawlor
1st – Barrel of Laughs – Aimee and Nathan Dunne
2nd – Incy Wincy Spider – Paige Boyhan
3rd – Crowola – Conor Moore
1st – Primitive Scarecrow – Eric Walsh
2nd – The Durrow Pope – Michael and Vinny O’Brien
3rd – Captain Jack Sparrow – Sarah and Daniel Pierse
Joint 4th – I love my little sister this much – Julia Clancy
Joint 4th – i crow 16 – Emmet & Ella Moore
1st – Miss Lily Pots – Happy Days Clough Preschool
Joint 2nd – We’ve got lots to crow about – Happy Days Crèche Durrow
Joint 2nd – Maria – Few of our Favourite things – St. Raphael’s Special School
3rd Conor McGregor – 5th, Class Cullohill N.S.
1st – Let’s Get Smashed – Ballyraggett Scouts
2nd – Joe Joe – Durrow Craft Fairs
3rd – Team Scarecrow -Laois Kayak and Canoe Club
1st – Red, Red Wine – Calvin and Edward O’Brien
2nd – Rock N Roll, the Later Years Rock & Roll Grannie & her ‘stoned’ Pothead Husband – Sarah Gaughan
3rd The Crow Rebellion – Hughie Sheppard
4th – Twig Girl – Laura Conroy
Erkindale Drive, Durrow.
– Photos courtesy of Andrew Walsh.