Boris Johnson, Shane Lowry and Katie Taylor feature at popular Laois festival

Michelle Hogan


Michelle Hogan

Boris Johnson, Katie Taylor and Shane Lowry feature at popular Laois festival

Boris Johnson, Katie Taylor and Shane Lowry feature at popular Laois festival Pictures: Alf Harvey

Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Shane Lowry, Katie Taylor and a tribute to Brendan Grace are just some of the characters on display at the Durrow Scarecrow Festival.

The festival is celebrating its 10th year and has gone from strength to strength. 

The Pope and Popemobile, King Kong and Noah’s Arc were among some of the biggest creations in recent years. The festival is well known for its wacky and wonderful scarecrow creativity and this year is no different. Katie Taylor in a big boxing ring and Boris Johnson's scarecrow character on a toilet have proved to be a hit with visitors so far. 

The festival that's outstanding in its field kicked off on Sunday, July 28 and continues every day right through the bank holiday weekend until August 5. 

There is an impressive line-up of events each day in Durrow including an arts and crafts exhibition in Durrow Community Centre, The Ranch pet farm, large hay bales competition, the Scarecrow Village and lots more with fun for all the family. 

 See Durrow Scarecrow Festival website for all details.

See pictures from this year's festival in the Leinster Express newspaper on Tuesday, July 30.

The Durrow Scarecrow festival came about from the Howya Festival held in 2009 and the 2010 event was even more successful. Planning for the 2011 Howya festival included a suggestion from a committee member to include a scarecrow competition. Over 120 Scarecrows were entered into this competition.

A survey was completed throughout the festival and the overwhelming result was the fact that the Scarecrows were the main attraction. 

As a result of this survey, the committee decided to rename their very successful festival the ‘Durrow Scarecrow Festival’ from 2012. 

From a footfall in 2012 of 11,000 people the festival had risen over the nine-day event to in excess of 27,000 and is now the second biggest festival in Laois to the Electric Picnic.