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Family News and Events An entry to last year's Durrow Scarecrow Festival
Durrow’s scarecrow hay day heyday

For those who’ve only seen scarecrows at a distance or in classic movies like the Wizard of Oz, the Durrow Scarecrow Festival is sure to offer an interesting and educational experience. Taking place in Durrow from July 29 to August 6, the festival will host the All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship, in which competitors from all over Ireland will be judged on who has created the most impressive scarecrow.

The festival will also include a Scarecrow Village with a food and crafts fair, as well as a playground and the Scarecrow Electric picnic, where families can kick back and relax. With arts and crafts, an interactive zone, and even laser tag, the award-winning Scarecrow Festival truly has something for everyone. It’s sure to be one of the liveliest family festivals in Ireland this summer.


Coffee is the new elixir

Many previous studies have shown that moderate coffee intake has many health benefits, but it seems like there is more good news for the coffeeholics among us. A recent study by both the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health found that coffee drinkers had a lower risk of premature death than non-coffee drinkers, and that this benefit extended to those who drank eight or more cups a day.

The authors of the study conclude that “these results provide further evidence that coffee drinking can be part of a healthy diet and may provide reassurance to those who drink coffee and enjoy it.”

There is still much we don’t know and research is bound to continue into coffee’s specific effects on the human body, but it seems coffee lovers can enjoy their mornings free of guilt.


Keeping it snappy

The beautiful weather always sends friends and families on adventures, creating wonderful moments waiting to be recorded. Whether it be a pool party, a hike or even just a relaxing day on the porch, the summer is sure to bring memories that can be cherished forever.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera provides an inexpensive and retro-feeling way to quickly photograph these moments. With a depth of settings as well as a durable build and the easy-to-use instant-photo system, the Instax can be used by both lovers of photography and young children alike.

It also comes equipped with a selfie-mirror, recommended aperture settings, and a High Key mode for portraits. Overall, this is a fun and vintage way to commemorate your summer, and you can be sure that these photos will be viewed for generations to come.

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