Throwing that Christmas tree is all fir a good cause
THE first ever Irish Christmas tree throwing championship is to take place early in the new year.
The event, which is based on age-old lumberjack traditions and commonplace across Germany and Austria, will see members of the public competing to determine the Irish record distance for throwing a standard 1.5m tree.
The current world record is held by Klaus Pubnaz who hurled a tree a distance of 12 metres at an event in Germany in 2010.
All proceeds raised in the January 7 event in Ennis, Co Clare, will go towards the development of a new Clare County Dog Shelter.
Organiser, Councillor Brian Meaney (Green), said the competition is "a novel way to turn Christmas tree recycling into a sport, while at the same time raising funds for a needy cause".
"It is hoped that this championship will become a yearly event and will be a precursor to Ennis holding the European championship at some point in the future," he said.
The championship event takes place on January 7 between 10am and 4.30pm in the carpark of Our Lady's Hospital, Gort Road, Ennis, Co Clare.