Durrow scarecrow Festival 2017
In The Press
“The 8th All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship takes place in Durrow, Co Laois at the start of August. It’s a quirky festival not to be missed!”
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“One of the quirkier festivals in Ireland over the August Bank Holiday is The All Ireland Scarecrow Festival in Durrow, Co. Laois”
The countdown is on for the August Bank Holiday Weekend and Ireland is bursting with a huge choice of things to do and places to go. You will find everything on offer from music and arts events, a Donkey Derby, and even a Scarecrow Festival!
ANTRIM Carnfunnock Country Park Coast Rd, Ballygalley, Larne, Co Antrim CARLOW Oak Park Forest Park Ballaghmoon, Carlow Town, Co Carlow See here for exact location Good for: Forest walks for all levels of ability. Oak Park Forest Park – a favourite spot for walkers since it opened to the public in 2006 – now has an accessible playground with slides, swings and a wheelchair swing.
Playground at the Old Boys School
Kilkenny Road, Durrow, Co Laois
Good For: Children of all ages, with some adventure rides.
A trip to the Durrow Scarecrow Festival last summer resulted in the discovery of this super playground in the heart of the midlands. The swings go high up into the air which is particularly appealing to older children. And, the basket swing and large swing with a back, padded arm rails and a strap across the middle are suitable for children with disabilities.
Additional: The standing rope swing and standing seesaws appeal to the more adventurous, as does the maypole with its demanding rope ladder, knotted rope and climb-into or sit-on-top basket
An opportunity for meeting up with old friends, forging new friendships and putting the cares of everyday living on hold takes place this Sunday, 14th May, when the annual Dunderry Fair takes place. A modern recreation of a traditional fair day, it features farm animals, dealers and dealing as in the days of yesteryear.
There will be a repeat of last year’s very successful Scarecrow Competition at the Scarecrow Village with over 200 scarecrows. The winners will represent Dunderry in the All-Ireland Competition in Durrow, Co Laois, in July. There are prizes for each of several categories – Humorous, Dance/music, Scariest, Sporting and Anything Goes. Last year’s Dunderry Fair winner, Sean Duffy came third in the All Ireland.
With 46km of easy cycling paths built on an old railway line, which run from Waterford city to Dungarvan, the Waterford Greenway (right) is an ideal family day out. Choose a shorter patch of the route for you and your kids, and download the Deise Greenway App, which will help you navigate your day in line with playground and bathroom breaks as well as copious ice cream and coffee stops.
As well as lots of craft workshops and a scarecrow treasure hunt, the Durrow Scarecrow Festival in Co Laois is really an opportunity to see 120 scarecrow designers from around the country battle it out to be crowned the winner of the All Ireland Scarecrow Competition.
July 30 to August 7.