Cappamore native, John O'Dea has set a new Irish record in the now popular sport of Christmas tree throwing.
The event took place last weekend in a field outside Ennis in County Clare.
John managed to throw his tree a distance of one metre 20 to set a new Irish record in the event, although it was his first time participating in the sport.
"I saw it last year and i heard an advert on the radio this year and thought i must head down to that for the bit o'craic," John said.
The event, now in its second year was organised jointly by Ennis Town Council and Clare County Council.
The winning throw at this years event was by Scottish contestant Sean Jaffray. However Sean's only just pipped John at the post by a branch length of just 0.3 metres.
All proceeds from the event this year went to the Cystic Fibrosis branch in the county.
Speaking to mypurplechair.com John said that he was "used to throwing strange things from time-to-time".
Last year he won the wellington boot throwing at the Ploughing Championships in New Ross, Co Wexford.
"I threw over 40 meters in New Ross and a couple of years ago i managed 43 metres".
When I asked him if he had any special technique for throwing the Christmas tree he said they were not terribly heavy, but they were a little bit awkward compared to the wellington throwing.
"There's an element of just fire the thing from behind the line and see where it lands," he said.
But he said that competitors can usually develop a unique technique that suits their own individual style.
The world record for throwing a Christmas tree is held by German man, Klaus Pubnaz. He threw a
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