Limerick man John O’Dea yesterday (Sunday, 4 January 2014) reclaimed the Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship title he last won in 2013 when he threw his Christmas tree a winning distance of 8.6 metres.
Organised by Clare County Council in conjunction with Active Ennis Sports and Leisure Facilities, the fourth annual event took place at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park in County Clare with all proceeds raised this year going to ISPCC Childline.
The Championship, which is based on age-old lumberjack traditions and is commonplace across Germany and Austria, saw members of the public competing to achieve the longest distance for throwing a standard 1.5 metre tree.
Mr. O’Dea was unable to beat the current Irish Record of 10.3 metres, which he shares with Dubliner Gary O’Growney, but the Cappamore man managed to stave off competition from 250 others to reclaim the Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship trophy. Meanwhile, the winner of the Ladies section was Audrey Kavanagh (4.1m) while the Under 12 section was won by Shane Kenny from County Clare.
All photos by Eamon Ward Photography