Mohill was graced with a presidential visit this week as the town prepares for the first Irish Egg Throwing Championship as part of the Culchie Festival on the October Bank Holiday weekend.
President of the World Egg Throwing Federation Andy Dunlop made his inaugural visit to the town on Tuesday, September 13 to inspect the facilities, the eggs and to map out the first Egg Throwing Championship to be held in the country this year. The winners of this national competition will go on to represent Ireland in the World Championships.
Gannon’s Eggs from Carrick-on-Shannon are the chosen eggs for this first in Irish sport, and anyone who can pitch and toss is sure to excel - or they could end up with egg on their face! More information on this major sporting event will be published next week.
This world sport is just one of the entertaining events which will attract international and national spectators to Mohill this Halloween Bank Holiday weekend.
This year’s Culchie Festival has broken down the barriers and will for the first time allow ladies to enter (still no Dubs though!). The Culchie Colleen title will be battled for at the same time as the coveted Culchie King.
Paddy Rock Director of the Culchie Festival said the one criteria to enter the Culchie Colleen is “you can’t be a man.” He said hormones test may apply. He said married and single women can apply, “you just have to be up for the criac” and own a pair of wellies! Contestants may compete in competitions such as “foot the turf” “milk the cow” or “shave the goat.”
Paddy says he expects a large number of contestants for this new lady contest, but hopes Leitrim lasses can show their true grit.. “I know there have been women waiting for years to compete - this is your chance.”
The ladies like the men will receive escorts and Paddy was quick to point out the Culchie Festival’s fine reputation with romance and setting up marriages.
This year ladies will also enjoy the “selection of cocks” on display throughout Mohill on Friday, October 28. The fine birds will be located at various locations and ladies will get their chance to select the best looking bird in the town.
This year the High Nelly Bikes will return to the Mohill Fair Day which runs during the Culchie Festival. There will be a charity cycle and the proceeds will go to My canine companion autism services for children.
This is a new charity which places assistance and companion dogs with children with autism. They provide a unique service which families can choose to get a qualified assistance dog or get a puppy which they will puppy raise under the supervision of Cliona O’Rourke.
Paddy Rock, Brendan Morrisey and Andy Dunlop will be showcasing Mohill, the Culchie Festival and the Egg Throwing Championship with national media this week.
Anyone interested in getting involved in any of the above events can contact Paddy on (087) 7760351 or Brendan on (087) 2439760 email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page ‘Ireland’s Original Culchie Festival.”