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Rory McIlroy pumpkin likeness to showcase at Castle Ward Pumpkinfest

Heather Doran at the Castle Ward Pumkinfest at the weekend and photographed with a carving of a pumpkin to look like Rory McIlorys head sculptured by Joey Burnes a master pumpkin carver from Co. Carlow.
Heather Doran at the Castle Ward Pumkinfest at the weekend and photographed with a carving of a pumpkin to look like Rory McIlorys head sculptured by Joey Burnes a master pumpkin carver from Co. Carlow.
Harry Wratten, Clare & Tony Hammond taking a selfy at the Castle Ward Pumkinfest at the weekend and are photographed with a carving of a pumpkin to look like Rory McIlorys head sculptured by Joey Burns a master pumpkin carver from Co. Carlow.

By Sara Neil

He is the world’s number one golfer, with a jetsetting lifestyle that sees him in some of the most glamorous locations around the world.

But this weekend Rory McIlroy’s face will be spotted close to his County Down home.

The 25-year-old’s likeness has been etched into a pumpkin by master carver Joey Burns, and the seasonal masterpiece will be on display at this year’s Pumpkinfest at Castle Ward.

The creation shows the Holywood man sporting a baseball cap, just as he does on the golfing green, and underneath it his famous curly locks have also been depicted.

Tony Carlin from Voluntary Arts Ireland said: “This is a world first.  There are no other pumpkin versions of Rory McIlroy in existence and Pumpkinfest at Castle Ward is the perfect place to show it.”

Visitors can get up close and personal with Rory on Saturday and Sunday, and even get a selfie with the sporting superstar.

Anyone inspired by Joey’s carving can try out their own sculpting skills as more than 3,000 pumpkins are being prepped and primed, ready for delivery to the National Trust property on the shores of Strangford Lough.

After picking the perfect pumpkin, and scooping out the insides, visitors can draw on their own design - perhaps a Darren Clarke or Graham McDowell - before handing it over to expert carvers to complete the Halloween favourite.

Rory has been linked with a bevvy of beauties since his split with Caroline Wozniacki earlier this year.  But the glamour at Pumpkin fest will be provided by a scarecrow pageant, where unusual and exciting haymen (or women) will compete.

And if the sight of Rory’s face on a pumpkin is not eery enough, those in need of a good scare can head into Castle Ward’s 18th century mansion to the witch’s spooky cellar.

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