Wednesday 24 January 2018

First Irish sheep dung spitting (yes, you read that correctly) competition featured at Fermanagh festival

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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

An inventive Fermanagh man introduced a novel new competition to this year's Lady of the Lake festival in an effort to pull more tourists to the area.

Northern Ireland hotelier Joe Mahon was inspired by an emu dung-spitting competition that runs in South Africa and came up with the idea for a sheep dung-spitting competition.

The competition involves participants taking sheep dung into their mouths and attempting to spit it further than their opponents.

It ran during the annual Lady of the Lake festival in Ivrinestown this month and drew a whopping 44 competitors.

Speaking to the Sunday World, Joe said, "I had the idea after a couple of Smithwicks."

He added, "I didn't know an awful lot about sheep dung but I had to go and collect the poo from a loval farmer and then I left it in the boot of the car.

"My wife took the car out shopping and when she opened the boot she was nearly knocked out by the smell."

Joe's wife then threatened to divorce him, he said.

Joe's father organised the first Lady of the Lake festival 37 years ago and aside from this year's dung-spitting it has featured a turkey walk and the World Championship Wolf Whistling competition.

"I've just tried to follow that tradition on, although I'd have to say my dad was a good bit more sensible than me," said Joe.

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