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Wednesday 17 October 2018

Another great duck race in Foulksmills

Owen Finn, Conor Kilkenny, Séamie Whelan and Josh Donnelly
Owen Finn, Conor Kilkenny, Séamie Whelan and Josh Donnelly
Darren, Hannah, Kyle and Grace Walsh
Liam Óg O’Dwyer, Senan Tyrreall and Ava O’Dwyer from Clongeen

David Looby

Despite a few false starts, the annual Foulksmills duck race on the banks of the River Corach went ahead last Thursday, drawing large crowds.

Children and adults alike enjoyed playing games in and out of the water, including chuck-a-duck, hook-a-duck, rings, darts, football, negotiating an obstacle course, jumping on a bouncing castle, horse racing, river balls and even boat trips on the river.

A new feature this year, face painting, proved popular with the youngsters who also had the opportunity to ride on a giant inflatable duck on the river and knock a block off.

The race was cancelled in mid-July due to an unforeseen event and again on Wednesday last due to the weather.

One of the organisers, Anne-Marie Toomey, said a mix of locals and visitors to the area enjoyed the duck-related antics on Thursday in the village which always fits the bill for Tidy Towns judges.

DJ John Murphy provided the musical entertainment while everyone enjoyed ice cream and refreshments.

Anne-Marie said: 'We eventually got the duck race off. It rained late on but everyone got into the spirit of it and even though it was weather for ducks, the kids were delighted and didn't care when they were hopping in to the river at the end of the night. A huge thank you to everyone who came on the night to support the duck race. And to the workers and sponsors - without their support we would not be able to run the event.'

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