Christmas Tree Throwing Championship

Christmas Tree Throwing Championship

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What to do with that tree? Use it for firewood? Make furniture out of it? Smoke it? No. None of the above. You can use it to show off your athletic prowess.

Are you STUMPED to know what to do with your Chrstmas tree? Well here’s an idea for you…

The Christmas Tree Throwing Championship takes place in Ennis, Co. Clare, in January. As well as throwing your tree like a crazed tree feller, you will also be raising money for Cystic Fibrosis. The event, which is based on age-old lumberjack traditions and is commonplace across the crazier parts of Germany and Austria, will see members of the public competing to achieve the longest distance for throwing a standard 1.5 metre tree.  Are YOU able for it? Are YOUR guns in prime condition? If yes, then go forth, honorary lumberjack, and do your arboreal best. Not only are you throwing your tree to raise money for charity, you are also able to recycle your tree for free: used Christmas trees will be recycled by the organisers of the event.

If you’d like to practise at home first, here is your yardstick: last year’s winner John O’Dea from Limerick launched a Christmas tree 10.2 metres. This is just under 2 metres short of the World Record currently held by Klaus Pubnaz who hurled a tree a distance of 12m at an event in Germany three years ago. If you think you can hurl a tree at least this far, then let’s see you do your thing.

Says Tim Forde, General Manager, Active Ennis Sports & Leisure Facilities, “This is a sporting charity event with competitors from the four corners of Ireland and further afield being invited to take part. The event is open to men, women and children, and each contestant will get three attempts at throwing their used Christmas tree. Disposing of the Christmas tree is often an arduous task for many so this event allows people to do so in style and with relative ease. The Council will arrange for the tree to be mulched for use by its gardening section.”

The winner for 2014 was Gary O’Growney, originally from Dublin but now living in Kilfenora. 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).

**NO FEE** Paul Nihil, Ennis taking part in the 3rd annual Christmas Tree throwing Championships in Aid of Cystic Fibrosis at Tim Smyth Park, Ennis on Sunday. Photograph by Eamon Ward

**NO FEE** Paul Nihil, Ennis taking part in the 3rd annual Christmas Tree throwing Championships in Aid of Cystic Fibrosis at Tim Smyth Park, Ennis on Sunday. Photograph by Eamon Ward

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