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She Aint heavy She's My Wife! Irish Contingent Do Well At Wife Carrying Championships

 

Updated : Jul 8, 2009

Ireland have swept the board at the World Wife Carrying Championships in Finland this weekend, winning prizes in 2 out of the 3 races.

Part of the Irish contingent consisted of Ciara Crossan (Kerry Pike, Cork) and James Kennedy (Rathfarnham, Dublin), the WeddingDates.ie Team, who won “Most Entertaining Couple” for their hilarious race around the track.

That lap saw James swan-dive into the 1 meter deep water obstacle and attempt a cheeky shortcut to the ‘Finnish Line’. The stadium was packed with hundreds of Finnish and International visitors all in rapturous applause, chanting “Ole, ole, ole!”

Crossan, who runs Irish website www.weddingdates.ie was delighted to be in Finland for the event saying, “The Finns have a great sense of humour and really know how to entertain the international audience. The ethos of www.WeddingDates.ie is all about enjoying your wedding and not letting the planning stress you out and what better way to do that than to take part in a bit of wife-carrying?!”

Ciara and James were also part of the relay team who are now ranked # 3 in the World with their team-mates Vincent O’Sullivan (Waterville, Co. Kerry) and Gerard O’Shea (Caherdaniel, Co, Kerry). The relay was run on the same course as the main event (250 meter course, 2 dry hurdle obstacles and 1 water obstacle) but required the “wife” to be the baton, being passed between the three “husbands”. During the handover the runners had to down a bottle of special “wife carrying brew”. Gerard O’Shea, commented after the race: “It was the Irish drinking culture that swung it for us in the end – we had no problem in downing that drink!”

Last years Irish Champions at the First Annual Irish Wife Carrying Competition held at the Sneem Festival, won an all expenses paid trip to Finland and the Irish duo came in a very respectable 8th place with a time of 1 minute 13 seconds (8/35). The Kerry couple would have been in the top spots, but lost out due to a stumble right at the finish line which added a 5 second penalty. Aoife Desmond and John O’Shea from Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry commented “now we know the track and the level of the competition we’ll be better prepared next year.” The top prize of the Wife’s Weight in Beer was won by a Finnish couple who have been vying for the title for 12 years. Their time was an impressive 1 minute 2 seconds.

All 6 of the Irish competitors are determined to return next year to defend their title. Sneem Co. Kerry is the home of Irish Wife Carrying and anyone interested in taking part in what has to be one of the most unusual world-sporting events can try their luck against the Irish champs at the Sneem Family Festival on July 25th. Check out www.sneemfestival.com for more details.

 

 

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