Scarecrow Pope star of Laois festival
A giant scarecrow version of the Pope has won joint-first prize in a Co Laois festival.
The massive model of Pope Francis in his popemobile was created by a group of men in Durrow for the annual Durrow Scarecrow Festival.
Chairwoman of the Durrow Development Forum, Evelyn Clancy, said there had been a huge amount of interest from across Ireland.
The festival is known for its topical depictions, from Donald Trump to King Kong.
Ms Clancy added: "People expect it, King Kong was higher than a two-storey house, people have that expectation from this group of men."
The talented and creative group behind the creation includes engineers and carpenters who have put long hours into their scarecrow.
Chairman of the Conahy Vintage Club, Michael Bergin, said they enjoyed the camaraderie.
The Pope will visit Dublin on August 25 and 26.