Culchies, Kings and Cailíns, eggs, horses, dancing, welly throwing, singing, Honda 50s and more will descend on the town of Mohill this Halloween Bank Holiday Weekend.
This weekend the Culchie Festival returns to Mohill in search of a new Culchie King following Shane McKeown’s win last year. Along the way of games and challenges is the quest to find the first Culchie Cailín the ladies will also have to showcase their talents in all things traditional and Culchie to battle for the coveted title.
You may not believe it but a world event is also coming to Mohill, the first Irish Open Egg throwing Championship will be held in the town with the winners of the competition going on to represent Ireland in the World Egg Throwing Championships!
Also don’t forget the animals - this year Mohill celebrate’s its 7th annual horse fair and there will be a traditional street fair incorporating horses, ducks, geese, demonstrations, music and fun. The show jumping cannot be missed.
The weekend ‘craic’ starts at 7pm on Friday, October 28 with the arrival of Culchies and Culchie Cailíns. This year three local Leitrim men will compete for the title with others from around the country. The Culchie King contestants will be put through their paces over the weekend with Muinteoir Maura, Welly Throwing, Culchie Caraoke, Culchie Olympics and stage interview!
After 21 years of allowing men only to attend and compete in the competition, the Culchie High Council have decided to allow women to compete for a new title which is to be known as The Culchie Cailín. The Cailíns will have to prove their skills though and challenges such as round bale rolling, turf footing, potatoe picking, camel racing, and above all the two bucket woman challenge. Entries have been received already from contestants from Meath, Louth, Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Monaghan as well as locally in Mohill, Kesh and Drumlish. Watch out for the little ones as the Junior Culchies will also be taking to the stage!
One of the big events on Friday night, October 28 is the Take Me Out (Country Style on your High Nelly) Game show. Expect plenty of laughs and some strange answers a- watch out for the bike light!
Forget the plight of the Presidential race or the plight of the euro - all Ireland is waiting with bated breath for the highlight of the sporting calendar. This year is a very special year in the festival’s history as it will host the first ever Irish Egg Throwing Championships on Saturday 29th October (from 1pm) in association with the International Egg Throwing Federation which will see teams from The Netherlands, England and America compete for the Irish Open Egg Throwing Title.
This event aims to place Mohill at the head of sport egg throwing and pave the way for the event to become fully recognised by Sport Ireland.
Irish Egg Throwing President Paddy Rock said, “This is a great opportunity for the people of Ireland to show what they are made of. We recognise it’s a new sport to some but we will be training people all day to take part in the finals and a chance for glory and world fame.” The Irish games will consist of 2 disciplines: Throw and Catch & Russian Egg Roulette.
At 12 noon on Sunday, October 30 the seventh annual Honda 50 Run will take place in Mohill. Registration from 10-30am at Cannon Donoghue Hall.
Straight after the Honda Run will be the highly anticipated High Nelly Bike Run with the Culchie King himself Shane Mc Keown. Registration for the run will take place at the Butter Market on the main street at 11.30am and fee of €10 per bike will go to help in raising for a deposit on a dog to assist a child with Autism. Prizes will be available for best and worst turned out bike! Refreshments served.
The annual Mohill horse Fair will be in full swing on Sunday, October 30 with horses, hens, ducks and geese with horse shoeing demonstrations, cart making demonstrations, music and fun fair.
After on stage interviews and the wink and nod from the judges the Culchie King 2011 and Culchie Cailín will be announced at midnight on Sunday, October 30.
The showjumping on Monday will be real treat and the festivities will end with the Culchies gathering to depart at 11am.
Shake the dust off your Sunday best - this weekend will be the best crack/ craic you have ever had!