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Moment in Time: Some quality photos from the Durrow Scarecrow Festival in 2011

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Joe and Aoife Murphy at the launch of the Durrow Laois Howya Festival incorporating the All Ireland Scarecrow Championships which will be held 24th July-1st August. Picture: Alf Harvey.

It’s one of Laois’s best festivals and it seems to be going from strength to strength every year.

The Durrow Scarecrow Festival gets underway again this weekend with a week-long schedule of events and visitors expected from all over the country.

You really can’t beat a bit of imagination when it comes to events like this and they always put on a special show in Durrow.

In 2011 they combined the local Howya Festival with the All Ireland Scarecrow competition as the picturesque village was once again a hive of activity.

Our Moment in Time photos this week come from both the launch of the event – when Henry Healy and Ollie Hayes were the guest celebrities on hand – and the event itself.

The two Moneygall men had been instrumental in getting Barrack Obama to visit their village the previous May.

As he has been for the last quarter of a century around the county, Alf Harvey was there in the middle of it all, capturing the moment and the memories.

The weather didn’t look hectic for the festival itself but with spirits high it once again proved a big success. And it continues to go from strength to strength as it begins again this Sunday and runs over the next week up until the August Bank Holiday Mondau.

As usual Alf’s pictures make for great viewing, even more so now with the passing of time.

Members of the Durrow Development Forum with Henry Healy and Ollie Hayes at the launch of the Durrow Laois Howya Festival incorporating the All Ireland Scarecrow Championships in 2011
Joe and Aoife Murphy 
Joe and Aoife Murphy
Henry Healy with Aoife and Joe Murphy 
Grainne Ryan (18 months) above and below

Moneygall heroes Henry Healy and Ollie Hayes after cutting the tape at the launch of the Durrow Laois Howya Festival incorporating the All Ireland Scarecrow Championships
Hugh Sheppard at the launch of the Durrow Laois Howya Festival.

Durow girls Lauren and Maeve Kenny with Aoife Gee 
Rachel Ryan, Ali Conroy (Durrow) and Mia, Ella and Caragh Henderson, Cullohill with “Winter” Walking Giant from Wray Village, Lancashire 
Connor Johnson, Diarmaid Gavin, Joe Murphy, Enrique Moreno and Joseph Phelan 
Susan Carter making butter at the Howya Festival in Durrow
Darlene, Jordan and Shauna Donohue
Emma Keane, Ciara Clooney, Catherine Clooney, Aoife Clooney and Mary O’Shea
Anne Verner, Nottingham, with her sister Gabby Dunne and Grainne Dowd 
Joe Walsh provides jaunts at the Howya Festival in Durrow.
Niamh Sweeney, Sinead O’Connell and Jessie Brennan, Crosspatrick with The Candy Lady Rachel Lally 

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