Hundreds of children played hide-and-seek in a picturesque straw-bale maze, as part of a popular West Cork festival.
Hundreds of children — and quite a few adults as well — played hide-and-seek in a picturesque straw-bale maze, specially constructed by local people as part of a colourful and very popular West Cork festival.
Some 240 bales, stacked three-high, turned out to be one of the star attractions of the festival’s family fun day on the final day of Bandon’s Walled Town Festival.
Earlier in the year, when organisers issued an SOS through the Irish Examiner for somebody to donate the bales, Kilbrittain agricultural contractor Tony O’Mahony came to the rescue.
And on the big day itself, he didn’t let them down — Tony, his son Seán and grand-daughter Ciara delivered no fewer than 240 bales, from which local volunteers constructed the real-life, three-dimensional maze on the final day of the festival.
Because of some uncertainty as to whether it would rain or not, it was touch and go for a while — but the weather stayed dry and the maze was built and enjoyed by hundreds of children, according to Zoe Tennyson, a member of the organising committee behind the Family Fun Day.
“We weren’t sure the maze would go ahead. It was weather-dependent, but the rain stayed away.
“Tony delivered the bales in the morning with his son Seán and granddaughter Ciara and four local dads build the maze for the young children. It was amazing,” she said, adding that, despite the apparent complexity of the task, the canny mazebuilders had the whole thing up within an hour.
“Hundreds of children enjoyed it.
“It was there from about 11am until 6pm and it was a huge attraction for the kids; they absolutely loved it.
“The maze was three bales high and perfect for the children,” she said, adding that while some could see over the bales, others had to navigate their way through it.
“Many went back again and again — they wanted to stay in the maze all day long,” she said.
Ms Tennyson issued a grateful thanks to Mr O’Mahony who also collected the bales and helped tidy up at the end of the day.
The family day also featured the Dowtcha Puppet company, a lego workshop, street performers and an archaeologist, who gave local children an interesting talk about the history of Bandon.
Children, and quite a few adults as well, played hide-and-seek in a picturesque straw-bale maze at the Bandon’s Walled Town Festival.
Des Prendergast and his granddaughters Roisín and Súin Falvey at the straw-bale maze at the Bandon’s Walled Town Festival.
A dapper Michael O’ Hara aged 4 at the hide-and-seek straw-bale maze at the Bandon’s Walled Town Festival.
Having fun in the bale maze at the Bandon’s Walled Town Festival.
Playingd hide-and-seek in a straw-bale maze.