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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Bale Mary - the Pope's turned into a scarecrow

A Pope and Pope Mobile made from hay which forms the centre piece of the Durrow Scarecrow festival in Durow, Co Laois
A Pope and Pope Mobile made from hay which forms the centre piece of the Durrow Scarecrow festival in Durow, Co Laois

A giant scarecrow version of the Pope has won joint-first prize in a competition in an Irish town.

The massive model of the pontiff in his popemobile was created by a group of men in Durrow, Co Laois, for the popular annual Durrow Scarecrow Festival, ahead of the real man's visit this month.

Evelyn Clancy, chairwoman of the Durrow Development Forum, said there had been huge of interest across Ireland.

Engineers

The festival is known for its outlandish effigies.

"People expect it. King Kong was higher than a two-storey house. People have that expectation from this group of men," Ms Clancy added.

The talented and creative group behind the creation includes engineers and carpenters who have put many evenings of work into their scarecrow.

The group added lights to the popemobile and a button that, when pressed, makes the scarecrow wave.

Money raised from visitors to the festival is reinvested in the community, Ms Clancy said.

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