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Turnip for the books: Ballydehob makes WSJ front page

Tuesday, 10th September, 2019 8:03pm
Turnip for the books: Ballydehob makes WSJ front page

The turnip races in Ballydehob have events for children as well as adults, and take place on the main street.

By Kieran O’Mahony

BALLYDEHOB’S World Turnip Racing Championships made the front page of the world-famous and prestigious Wall Street Journal.

Journalist Andrea Petersen wrote how the village – which boasts Michelin Star restaurant Chestnut, popular bars and music venues, as well as having a very supportive community – has finally found the perfect vegetable to race.

The World Turnip Racing Championships are an integral and much-loved part of the Ballydehob Summer Festival, incorporating the Old Boats Festival, and were held last month. Organisers also ensure that all used turnips are recycled after the event.

Speaking to The Southern Star, Julian Dearden of the Ballydehob Summer Festival, said the article confirms that they are the best village for community-based activities in West Cork, or maybe all of Ireland. ‘We are delighted to have been recognised by such a prestigious part of the world’s media,’ said Julian.

‘It was a very interesting and complimentary article and it puts our village in the worldwide spotlight,’ he said. 

We’re well known for being very welcoming to visitors and tourists from all over the world, as well as Ireland. We have seven festivals a year and a wonderful supportive community to help with them,’ Julian added.

The story was also referenced on RTÉ Radio 1's Drivetime programme last Friday and that can be heard by clicking here and going to 00:24:15.