Countdown to Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship

Countdown to Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship



Marcin Piotrowski lets fly – Photo: Eamon Ward


Members of the public are being invited to break a unique Guinness World Record as well as drop off their Christmas tree for recycling on Sunday 7 January 2018 from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. when the annual Irish International Christmas Tree Throwing Championship takes place at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park.

Organised by Clare County Council’s Active Ennis Unit, 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 with this year’s proceeds going to the Mid West Simon Community.

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.  Every participant will also be entered into a draw to win one year family membership at Active Ennis Leisure Complex.

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.

Meanwhile, householders are also being invited to recycle their real Christmas trees for free at one of five designated tree recycling centres around County Clare from 2 January 2018 to 20 January 2018. The drop-off points include the Central Waste Management Facility (Ballyduff Beg, Inagh), Lisdeen Recycling Centre & Transfer Station (Kilkee), Scariff Recycling Centre & Transfer Station, Shannon Recycling Centre, and the Gardening Section (Behind Cois na hAbhanna, Gort Rd, Ennis – drop-off point outside gate).

The Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship takes place on Sunday 7 January 2018, between 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park, Ennis, Co. Clare.   Visit, Twitter ( or Facebook (/clarecountycouncil) for more details.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.