Get Ready for the Christmas Tree Throwing Championship 2018

Get Ready for the Christmas Tree Throwing Championship 2018


Bring ye one and all to hurl your Christmas trees into the wind.

Yes it is that bizarre time of the year again when people throw dead pine trees around for the craic. This new activity is slowly spreading around Ireland, as well as in other places globally that celebrate Christmas.

If you are in Clare, then you are invited to break a unique Guinness World Record as well as drop off their Christmas tree for recycling on Sunday the 7th of January.

Martin Piotrowski taking part in the Christmas Tree Throwing Championships at Tim Smyth Park, Ennis. Photograph by Eamon Ward

The seventh annual event is a novel way to turn Christmas tree recycling into a sport, while at the same time raise funds for a needy cause.

Here is some history to the competition.

The Championship, which is based on age-old lumberjack traditions, sees members of the public competing to achieve the longest distance for throwing a standard 1.5 metre tree.  There will be trophies for the longest throw in various age categories with a trophy for the overall champion.

Last year, John Leahy of Lissycasey, County Clare, was named overall winner of the 2017 Irish Christmas Tree throwing Championship title after he beat off competition from more than 200 competitors.

Here is an example of Irish people throwing their arboreal friends far and yonder.


Are you man or woman enough to hurl your tree with the best of them? Yes you are. And you know what you must do.

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