Scarecrow Festival Winners 2016.

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!!

Overall Winner

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

General/Open Category

1st – Pirates on the Carrot Peeing – Joan Finlay

2nd – The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Mags Conroy & Gang

The Mad Hatters Tea Party.

   The Mad Hatters Tea Party.



3rd – The Empty Nest – Rose Woods

Joint 4th – Metal Man – Dunderry Fair

Metal Man.

   Metal Man.

Joint 4th – I can be a scarecrow too – Marie Clancy

5th – Driving Miss Daisy – Carmel and Michael Murphy

Most Humorous

1st – The Enormous Turnip – Durrow Fire Brigade

The Enormous Turnip

   The Enormous Turnip

2nd – The Failed Escape – Marie Moylan

Joint 3rd – The Run Away Bride – Val Delahunty

Joint 3rd – Park and Ride – The Harps GAA

Most Topical

1st – Moth On Buachaill – Marlena and Sophia Tobin

Moth On Buchaill

   Moth On Buchaill

2nd – Star Wars on Skellig Michael – Liam & Brian Lynch

Star Wars - S

   Star Wars – Skellig Michael

3rd – Trump Card – Martin Lawlor

Youth Category

1st – Barrel of Laughs – Aimee and Nathan Dunne

Barrel Of Laughs

   Barrel Of Laughs

2nd – Incy Wincy Spider – Paige Boyhan
3rd – Crowola – Conor Moore

Youth/Adult Assistance

1st – Primitive Scarecrow – Eric Walsh

 Primitive Scarecrow - 1st in Youth Assisted Category.

   Primitive Scarecrow – 1st in Youth Assisted Category.

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.

Club Category

1st – Let’s Get Smashed – Ballyraggett Scouts
2nd – Joe Joe – Durrow Craft Fairs
3rd – Team Scarecrow -Laois Kayak and Canoe Club

Judges Choice

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

Twig Girl

   Twig Girl

Best Estate/Area

Erkindale Drive, Durrow.

Photos courtesy of Andrew Walsh.