Tag Archives: Hurling

Blog: Local Support For Clough, Ballacolla Senior Hurling Team

We hear about the local support for a local hurling team and everyone in Ireland is very familiar with the game of hurling.  When a team is running high, that is, when it has gotten to the county finals then we see what the local support is like.  We see the flags, the cars, the bunting.  The first year I came to live in Clough the senior hurling team got to the county final (and won).  This year again the Clough:Ballacolla senior hurling team got to the county final as did the under 12 team.  The seniors had to play Camross in the final, and they did that last Sunday and won.

I decided to photograph as much as I could of the local support to this team.

Naturally one thing struck me in all of this support, look at the image that I have labelled Aghaboe, there’s a play on words there.  Danny and Shane surname is Hanlon and just down the road from this sign is another outside the Hanlon Kitchen & Bedroom business that they run.  Another team member is involved with a furniture business over in Portlaoise and that is  Tom Delaney.

Two more photos


Durrow, Co. Laois Scarecrow Festival, Day 2

Hurl or Hurley making, old machinery/equipment and more scarecrows

This is going to be a really easy post to make, Durrow Scarecrow Festival, 2015.  Day 2.  Durrow was divided into a few areas in a manner of speaking.  There were two closed off areas that you had to pay to get in to, the huge fee of 2 Euro for one area and then 1 Euro for area two. The village itself and all the scarecrow areas in the village were freely accessible.  The section which had all the old machinery or equipment was very interesting.  So, here you have the hurl making, the equipment and scarecrows all mixed up.

I’m just going to batch all the photographs together, taken from when we left our car in the field at the side of the road until we got back. I did miss a few scarecrows but we won’t mind that.

For me, the most interesting bit was watching the young men who were showing how hurls or hurleys are made.  I’m posting these separately and first.  I never in my life knew that there were different shaped hurls or hurleys from different counties until that day in Durrow!

The rest – all together and I hope you enjoy them.