Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Thursday, 3 November 2011
I’ve been to one or two festivals at this stage, and I can tell you in all honesty that I haven’t laughed as much at any of them (excluding Cats Laughs ) than I have at the Culchie Festival in Mohill, featuring for the first time this year, The Irish Egg Throwing Championships. Mixing together the Culchies and the Egg Throwing produced an omelette of entertainment on a scale that has never been witnessed in any GAA club in any parish or pueblo previously.
Fine Girl y’are!
When it comes to egg throwing (and I can actually speak with a little bit of authority here, as I actually practiced for this event with Ella in her back yard), it’s not so much the throwing that’s important, it’s the catching of the feckin’ thing that requires the skill. You have to take the momentum out of it or you’ll end up yolked. Competitors came in all ages, shapes, sizes and degrees of culchiness. Fair to say that everyone present enjoyed this immensely and it only cost…. FECK ALL MISSUS to enter. Yep, it was free. Proceeds from the event were going to a charity that trains dogs to become companions for autistic children and you could buy a commemorative mug (and they are decent china mugs) for €3 or 2 for a fiver. Get on to the lads and see if they’ll post you out a pair! http://www.culchiefestival.com/
This years festival also featured the Culchie Cailín competition for the first time,and was all the better for it too if you ask me They may be culchies, but they’re not sexist. Ask any farmers wife: “Who does most of the work?”.
A Cute Culchie Cailín
When I was in the field I was chatting to two of the Culchie competitors about how there must be a clatter of pints torn into in the evening. “I’m a pioneer and he doesn’t drink that much” says the lad with bailer twine holding up his pants to me. Here we go, back into Alice mode I thought. “No mushrooms either, only with the fry of a Sunday”. The lads were serious. They do it because they can have such a laugh at it without having to drink. One of them met his now wife at the event 11 years ago and he was her escort at the Macra “Quenn of the land” competition the next year. Two sound lads, but seriously deranged in the most wonderful way possible. Eoin won the title in 2003.
Phil and Eoin from Enfield, cheap dates!
By far and away my favourite Culchie was Hughie. Hughie wasn’t dressed up or play actin’ or hiding any mixed olive tapenade in his straw bag. Hughie was Hughie. He was pulling on a fag drinking tae out of an old lucozade bottle that he had produced from his pocket when I asked him if I could take his photo. “Fire away lad, so long as I don’t break the camera”. Hughie had earlier eaten six raw eggs… complete with shells! He didn’t win the Culchie Crown title on Sunday, but on Saturday he was certainly my man of the match.
There were competitions for kids, women, mixed pairs and men. All competitions were hilarious with people busting eggs off each other by the new time. There was even an official from the World Egg Throwing Federation present on the day to help officiate and keep things above board, including his hands
Who looks the happiest?
‘Twas just as well the English fella was there, because after the main mens event, there was a mixed pair of a lad from Mohill and a Dutch Dude who had flown in especially for the event (the two Dutch champions didn’t even get a look in against the strong local contenders during the main event). The lad from Mohill who was part of the winning mens duo had an arm on’im like a horse’s leg! He’s a Road Bow-ler (not bowler, that’s a hat English fellas wear ;-P) and he used the bowling windmilling arm technique to fire an egg 61 metres across the width of the field, and in fairness the Dutch lad caught it! Between them they set a new World Egg Throwing Record. I felt humbled and privileged to have witnessed… nah, I didn’t, but I fairly enjoyed it. It was fitting for what was a great days sport, in the widest meaning of the word possible.
Men’s winners. The lad on the left is the one with Shergar’s leg for an arm
When the fun in the field was over, that wasn’t the end of the eggcitement (ah come on, I’m allowed one!?). We all adjourned to a hotel down the road for Egg Roulete. It’s like that scene from ‘The Deer Hunter’, but instead of a gun loaded with just one bullet, you have six eggs, five boiled and one raw that you must take turns in breaking against your head. I failed miserably, the first egg I busted of me bulb was far from boilt, twas raw. So with an eggy head and a pain in my face from laughing, it was back on the road. Phil and Eoin were right, you didn’t have to drink in order to have a good time, but balance is good, so it was off to a Gypsy Jazz and Craft Beer festival in North Tipperary. Cloughtoberfest ho!
Egg on my face after the release of my latest albumen (straight in at No. 2 in my pun TOTP!)
Reproduction of this article and photographs is by kind permission of Mark Graham (The Festival Monkey). You can follow his adventures via http://ayearoffestivalsinireland.com/
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Eiwerpers sluiten seizoen af in Ierland
Makkum -- De Makkumer wereldkampioenen eiwerpen Andries Smink en Willem Rienstra zullen Nederland vertegenwoordigen op het Open Ierse Kampioenschap Eiwerpen dat op 29 oktober in Mohill (co Leitrim) zal worden gehouden. Gezien de resultaten eerder dit jaar is het bepaald niet ondenkbaar, dat zij hoge ogen gaan gooien. Smink en Rienstra werden dit jaar wereldkampioen in het Engelse Swaton en Smink werd met Chris Kooistra kampioen tijdens de Open Nederlands Kampioe! nschappen in Makkum. Tevens werd Smink uitgeroepen tot koning van de Makkumer Merke 2011
Smink en Rienstra hebben er zin in. “Winst op de Open Ierse zou een mooie afsluiting van een succesvol seizoen zijn ,” aldus Andries Smink. De afstanden die hij en Rienstra tijdens de trainingssessies van afgelopen week behaalden beloven in ieder geval veel goeds voor Ierland.
Smink en Rienstra zullen in Engeland worden vergezeld door hun coach Simon Jaspers die tevens optreedt als chef de mission.
"Wij zullen in de vroege ochtend van 28 oktober vanaf Schiphol naar Dublin vliegen, zodat het team voldoende tijd heeft om zich voor te bereiden en de eiwerparena te verkennen," zegt Simon Jaspers. De eiwerpers worden 30 oktober omstreeks 18:00 uur terugverwacht in Makkum.
Jacques Hoogenboom, eveneens uit Makkum en Nederlands vertegenwoordiger van de World Egg Throwing Federaton (WETF), is door de WETF aangewezen als internationaal scheidsrechter bij zowel het eiwerpen als de russische ei roulette tijdens de Open Ierse Kampioenschappen.
In 2012 zal het Open Nederlands Kampioenschap op 7 juli worden gespeeld in Makkum. De verrichtingen van de eiwerpers kunnen worden gevolgd op www.eiwerpen.nl en http://twitter.com/#aaismite
Noot voor redactie: Op de foto van links naar rechts: Andries Smink, Simon Jaspers en Willem Rienstra
Voor meer informatie: Jetze Genee: 06 29 530 749 Willem Rienstra: 06 51 051 997
And now in English.
Dutch egg throwing phenomens end season in Ireland
Makkum/the Netherlands – World champions egg throwing Andries Smink and Willem Rienstra from Makkum will represent the Netherlands in the Irish Open, to be held on October 29th in Mohill (county Leitrim). According to their splendid results this year it is to be expected that the Dutch couple will not play an inferior role. Not only Smink and Rienstra captured the World Champions Crown in Swaton, but Smink and his other partner, Chris Kooistra, won the Dutch Open title in Makkum as well. Not suprisingly Andries Smink was crowned King of the Makkumer Merke 2011.
Both gentlemen look forward to participate in Mohill. “Winning the Irish Open would complete a very successful season,” says Andries Smink. “We believe that is not utopia, since we have thrown remarkable distances in recent training sessions. It improves our confidence in a realizing a good result in Ireland.”
At the Irish Open Smink and Rienstra will be supported by their coach Simon Jaspers, acting as the Dutch chief de mission as well. "Our scheme is to depart from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport in the early morning of October 28th in order to arrive in time in Dublin to have sufficient preparation time and to explore the egg throwing arena,” Jaspers stated. The team is expected to return to Makkum on October 30th, around 18:00 hrs.
Jacques Hoogenboom from Makkum and the official representative of the World Egg Throwing Federaton (WETF) in the Netherlands, was appointed international referee for the Irish event. He will supervise the long distance throwing as well as the Russian Egg Roulette competition.
On the picture:
[from left to right] Andries Smink, Simon Jaspers, Willem Rienstra
For further information:
Jetze Genee: +31 6 29 530 749
Willem Rienstra: +31 6 51 051 997
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