The World Egg Throwing Federation is pleased to announce that The All Ireland Open Egg Throwing Championships
will take place on Saturday the 29th Octoberat the 22nd Annual Culchie Festival, Mohill, County Leitrim
This is an Open Competition and Entries are now been taken by the Culchie Festival organizing committee.
This event will take place Mohill Co Leitrim and this is the first time that this event has been run in Ireland as part of the International Egg Throwing Federation Championships.
The organized sport of Egg Throwing is thought to date back to at least 1322 when the newly appointed Abbot took possession of the Parish of Swaton by royal decree. It is said that he was the only person to own chickens and ensured the attendance at church of his peasant by providing them alms of one egg for each attendee. However, when the River Eau flooded, preventing people getting to church, the monks would hurl the eggs over to the waiting peasants. It’s also said that when the flood was even wider that they used small trebuchets to get that extra distance required. It is from these humble beginnings that the sport of egg throwing started and has been played ever since in the village.
The World Egg Throwing Federation was set up in 2004 in order to regulate Egg Throwing as a number of variations of the sport have come into existence, including nefarious use of eggs in political demonstrations. From its formation the Federation has been joined by local and national groups that practice the sport, and now acts as a central body, offering advice, ideas and as organiser of the annual world championships.
The sport is currently practiced in England , Europe and even in the United States and this years inaugural championships will put the Irish team in with a chance of winning a world title at the world games next year. Ireland's Original Culchie Festival is delighted to stage the first ever Irish Egg Throwing Championships and the organisers feel that it will blend in well with this years Culchie Festival Weekend as most Culchies are highly skilled in this ancient sport of egg throwing.
You can be part of this great event and gain the chance of guaranteed entry to the 2012 Word Egg ThrowingChampionships as Ireland’s official representative.
The World Egg Throwing Federation is proud to recognise these games and looks forward to the rapid growth in its popularity under the leadership of the Irish branch President Paddy Rock who said “This is a great opportunity for the people of Ireland to show what they are made of. We at the Culchie Festival recognise that this ancient sport should be revived , and expect that there should be a lot of interest from hurling players who would have a lot of the skills required to compete in this sport at the highest level.
World President Andy Dunlop said “This is an exciting time for Ireland and indeed the rest of the World. We look forward to seeing champions made and being sent to the World Championships in June next year to play for Ireland against other world class athletes from Holland, Germany, Canada, the USA and many more.” Notes for editors.
This event will feature Russian Egg Roulette and Two person Throw and Catch. It will be based upon the World Egg Throwing Federations rules as detailed by the Federation rules (www.eggthrowing.com) and, as appropriate, in accordance with the Council of Europe’s European Sports Charter 1993:
All monies raised by the event are used to support local, national and international good causes.
No chickens will be hurt during the championships.
Entries via e-mail for the two competitions The Two Person Throw &Catch & The Egg Roulette Competition should be sent to email@example.com
Further Information can be obtained from:
Irish Egg Throwing Federation Organisers: Paddy Rock & Brendan Morrissey
Tel: 094-9546155 mob : Paddy 087-2439760 or Brendan 087-2622778
E mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Web site : www.culchiefestival.com