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Ireland's first hole digging competition

Published: 7 Jul 2012 15:300 comments

IF you fancy winning £200 and a spade get yourself along to Ireland's First Hole Digging Competition in Irvinestown on July 21.

Francie Ward and Joe Mahon getting in some practice for 'Ireland's First Hole digging competition' to be held during the Lady of the Lake Festival.

IF you fancy winning £200 and a spade get yourself along to Ireland's First Hole Digging Competition in Irvinestown on July 21.

Joe Mahon, one of the organisers of this year's Lady of the Lake Festival, believes this could be the biggest competition the annual event has ever held.

"This will be huge. We are going to line a field out with squares and you'll have half an hour to dig a hole with a spade. The winner wins £200 and an engraved spade. It's the luck of the draw what hole you get on the day," he said.

He says the man to beat is Francie Ward, Irvinestown's illustrious grave-digger.

"He knows how to dig a hole, does Francie. But you can practise in your own garden if you want, so you are ready for it," advises Mr. Mahon, who is looking forward to the contest.

"I am excited about it. You never know we might find gas. In fact, whoever finds gas will win an empty drum. You can tell people fracking has started early," he joked.

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