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Sunday 17 December 2017

Chance to 'throw' the Christmas tree away

Pat Flynn

FAMILIES looking for an unusual way to dispose of their festive tree could chance their luck at the annual Christmas Tree Throwing Championships tomorrow.

The event, which is based on lumberjack traditions in Germany and Austria, will see people compete to determine the Irish distance record for throwing a standard 1.5 metre-high tree.

This is only the second time the championships have been staged in this country, with Ennis Town Council and Clare County Council organising the competition, with all proceeds to go to the Clare Branch of Cystic Fibrosis.

The inaugural event, in January 2012, was won by Clare man Paul Dignam, who beat 150 other participants with his seven-metre throw.

The current world record is held by Klaus Pubnaz, who hurled a tree a distance of 12 metres in Germany in December 2010.

The event takes place between 10am and 4.00pm, at Lees Road Sports and Amenity Park in Ennis.

Irish Independent

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