Country Sports And Entertainment Festival
The Cabragh Wetlands Conservation Group are hoping to revive many of the old town and country sports and entertainments of another era at their first Country Sports and Entertainment Festival at Cabragh, Thurles, on Sunday, July 29.
Spokesman, Tom Grace, said: “Competitors in the stone-throwing competition will be asked to throw a stone weighing 12kg as far as their strength allows. We have a trophy for the winner. Stone -throwing is an old Irish sport going back to the days of entertainment at the crossroads when lads would pluck stones from a ditch and see how far they could throw them. It was one way of sorting out the strongest men around. At least one champion athlete began his weight-throwing career by throwing stones in this fashion”.
The All-Ireland Whistling Champion, Mick Ryan from Clonmore, Templemore, will take on all challengers at whistling jigs and reels or, indeed, any kind of tune”, said Tom Grace.
Other attractions at the festival which will heighten a sense of nostalgia for the simple life of a bygone age, include traditional, singing and lilting, platform dancing, spoons-playing, harmonic and tin whistle – playing, skittles and tug of war contests.