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Ger Griffin competing during the annual Christmas Tree throwing championships in Ennis. Photograph by John Kelly.

Limerick man regains tree throwing title

Limerick man, John O’Dea regained the Irish Christmas Tree Throwing Championship title he last won in 2013 when he threw his tree a distance of 8.6 metres.

Tom Donnellan gives of his best during the annual Christmas tree throwing championships. Photograph by John Kelly.
Tom Donnellan gives of his best during the annual Christmas tree throwing championships. Photograph by John Kelly.

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 on Sunday, with all proceeds going to ISPCC Childline.

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 championship trophy.

Meanwhile, the winner of the ladies section was Audrey Kavanagh (4.1m) while the U-12 section was won by Shane Kenny.

Three year old Anú Guilfoyle Mee having a go during the annual Christmas tree throwing championships in Ennis. Photograph by John Kelly.
Three year old Anú Guilfoyle Mee having a go during the annual Christmas tree throwing championships in Ennis. Photograph by John Kelly.

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