Christmas Tree Throwing Championship today

Christmas Tree Throwing Championship today

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The ‘Christmas in Ennis’ programme will conclude today (Sunday) 2019 with the Irish International Christmas Tree Throwing Championship taking place at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park.

The ‘Christmas in Ennis’ programme concludes on Sunday, 6 January 2019 with the Irish International Christmas Tree Throwing Championship taking place at Active Ennis Tim Smyth Park.

Organised by Clare County Council, the 8th annual event is a novel way to turn Christmas tree recycling into a sport, while at the same time raise funds for a worthy cause. 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.

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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.

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