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FESTIVAL HELD TO RANSOM BY THE WEATHER


Months of planning,securing sponsorship,attending meetings,applying for planning permission & insurance,spending time & euros on publicity, weeks of attracting traders, exhibitors, musicians & competitors,& days preparing the cottages & site in the Porchfield Trim, the Irish weather took a nasty turn & left our big day,the 2016 Haymaking Festival a washout.


Despite the inclement weather the Event went ahead on its allocated calendar date Sunday 19th June. Most events were held.


The All Ireland Scythe Cutting competitors came from Cork,Clare Meath,Westmeath,Mayo,Wales(who mowed in his bare feet- Bale has his boots at the Euros)& a young man from Italy on the Slovenian border.

Robert Douglas,Francis Cotter,Mick Neary & John Campbell organized this event.


The horses & vintage tractors could not mow.

There was no Donkey Show but thanks to the great work of the two Franks & the two Doherty Brothers & Jimmy Ryan,Willie Fay, Mickey Fitzsimons & Jimmy Gibbons there was a great Donkey Derby.

The WET Roll in the ‘Hay’ did not dampen the spirits of the Rollers.


The Sheaf Tossing Champion was there from Clare to defend his title.

The Dan O’Hara Farm & village scenes never looked better.

The Bonnie Baby,Cute Toddler & Prince & Princess of Scurlogstown was held in one of the tents. Of course there was no problem with the fishing demo taking place.

There were good turnouts for the Dog & Pygmy Goat Shows & plenty of takers for Guess the Weight of the Limousin Heifer.


Matt Leavy,Mary O’Connor Bands & Tara Ceili Band kept the field lively.

We wish to thank all our helpers,Trim Gardai,stewards,sponsors,competitors,traders Martina’s Kitchen & the food providers & the few patrons who braved the elements.

Actually everyone who were present enjoyed themselves despite the rain. If anyone has any good ideas on how to help our treasurer make a few Euros for funds.

Thanks to those who did up their shop windows & the library in Trim.



 John Marron

 PRO Scurlogstown Olympiad


For all the results on the day and a thank you to our sponsors and friends click here





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