2014-01-06 09:30:02 - Despite the testing weather conditions on Sunday (5 January), more than 100 people participated in the 3rd annual Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship held at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park in Co. Clare.
The fundraising event, which is based on age-old lumberjack traditions and commonplace across Germany and Austria, saw members of the public compete to determine the Irish distance record for throwing a standard 1.5 metre tree.
Gary O'Growney, originally from Dublin but now living in Kilfenora, won the Championship by equalling the Irish Record set at last year’s event. Gary threw a Christmas tree a distance of 10.2 metres, beating fellow competitor Sean Jaffray’s (Scotland) effort by just 0.3 metres. Norah Murphy won the ladies title with her throw of 6.3m, while the Under 12 section was won by Soran Drayas (9.2m), who finished ahead of second placed Aoife O'Gara (7.86 m).
All proceeds raised during the contest, which was organised by
Ennis Town Council and Clare County Council, go toward the Clare Branch of Cystic Fibrosis.
According to Joan Tarmey, Environmental Awareness Officer, Clare County Council: “Considering the poor weather conditions, we were delighted with the turnout at the weekend. Competitors hailed from all over Ireland and further afield. Disposing of the Christmas tree is often an arduous task for many so this event allowed people to do so in style. The Council will continue to provide a free Christmas tree recycling service at various locations throughout County Clare.”
Kieran McCarthy, Chairperson of the Clare Branch of Cystic Fibrosis commented: “We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our organisation at the weekend. The funds raised, which complement the generous donations already received from the people of Clare during 2013, will be invested locally in the delivery of services, which include sponsoring the purchase of exercise equipment for persons with Cystic Fibrosis, counselling and support services, and providing taxi services to and from the hospital. We also make a contribution to the Tipperary, Limerick and Clare for Cystic Fibrosis (T.L.C.4.C.F.) charity.”
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