Julia branches out into tree throwing 'sport'

BOG SNORKELLER COMES SECOND IN ENNIS

Julia Galvin who came second in a Chrtstmas tree throwing competition in Ennis at the weekend.
Julia Galvin who came second in a Chrtstmas tree throwing competition in Ennis at the weekend.

WHAT better way to burn off the Christmas calories and dispose of one major decoration in the process than the wonderful novelty sport of Christmas-tree throwing?

Listowel lass Julia Galvin - worldrenowned bog snorkeller - has just carved out a niche for herself in another unusual discipline when she came second in the Ennis Christmas Tree Throwing championships this week.

As the only Kerry female to contest the event, she is also Kerry Christmas Tree Throwing champ.

In the second year of the fun event, Julia lobbed an entire tree a whopping five metres! All part of the great craic at Ennis Town Council where scores gathered from all corners of the country to test themselves and have a laugh.

"The trick is not to try to throw the tree like you would a javelin!" Julia explained. "I got onto my good friend and Ireland's strongest man Paul Roberts for a few tips and he told me to grab the tree towards the fairy end and swing it around in a couple of circles, like you would a hammer, before throwing it.

"My first throw was the best, I managed five metres and 80 centimetres. I've been carbo-loading over Christmas, but I think I used up all my glycogen in the first throw as the second throw wasn't as good!" Julia laughed.

She's now hoping to contest another novelty sport in the Alps later this year - the challenging art of 'arsch-sledding'. It doesn't necessarily refer to the derriere as most Irish ears would automatically hear, but it does involve sliding down a mountain in lederhosen.

To that end, the arsch will probably come in very handy however.

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