First All-Ireland Sandsculpting Competition for Duncannon Sandsculpting Festival

Duncannon Beach in County Wexford is home to an annual Sand Sculpting Festival, which this year is taking place for the twenty sixth year from August 10 to 12. This year for the first time the festival will host the first All-Ireland Sandsculpting Competition.

This fun packed family festival opens with a giant beach party on Friday night with live music from the band ‘Kobi’ followed by a DJ and a fireworks display will light up the night skies after dark.

Festivities commence again on Saturday morning from 10am when the professional sand sculpting exhibition will be unveiled on the beach, professional sculptors from ‘Duathain Dealbh’ meaning ‘fleeting sculpture’ will have created a village of sea-creatures under the 2012 theme.

Family fun events on beautiful Duncannon beach take place throughout Saturday offering, a Cul Camp, traditional puppet shows, music from the Barrack Street Marching Band and Campile Pip brand, Water Zorbing, a Tug o’ War competition and outdoor wrestling displays and of course sand-sculpting.

On Sunday the air will be filled with a competitive spirit, as the very first All-Ireland Sandsculpting Competition will open. According to the organisers competitors are urged to register to participate on Sunday morning from 10am and the competition will commence at 2pm.

Commenting on the competition details of the festival one of the organisers Cathy Dowling said, “All competitions will have two hours to create their sandsculpting masterpiece, each competitive team of up to 8 will be allocated a plot and all entries will be judged by a panel with the winners being announced at the festival close on Sunday evening, they will be presented with a trophy. We’re very much looking forward to hosting the competition and we are expecting big number plus plenty of fantastic sculptures, maybe by the next Olympics it might even be an Olympic sport!”

On Sunday afternoon the ‘Mad Cap’s street theatre group will entertain the masses with their outdoor comedy show on the beach and the festival will come to a close with ‘The Bugle Babes’ a trio of 1940’s belting out the classics of the ‘swing’ era.

For further details on the festival and the All-Ireland Sandsculpting competition see

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