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Friday, 23rd July 2021

Sandcastle and Sculpture Competition goes virtual

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The National Sandcastle Competition is normally held on Bettystown Beach but this year it is going virtual because of Covid19. Entrants are being asked to build their creations on any beach in Ireland and send video or photos to the competiton organisers.

Build your creation on an any Irish beach and submit photos to enter

The National Sandcastle Competition is normally held on Bettystown Beach but this year it is going virtual because of Covid19. Entrants are being asked to build their creations on any beach in Ireland and send video or photos to the competiton organisers.

Since its inception in 2003 the National Sandcastle and Sculpture Competition on Bettystown Beach has grown to be one of the favourite family events of the year.

It was the brainchild of local resident Dick O Reilly whose dream was to promote the coastal area of County Meath as a fantastic natural amenity for all to appreciate and enjoy.

All you have to do to enter this year is to grab your bucket and spade and start being creative! Don’t forget your sun cream!

Build your castle or sculpture on any beach in Ireland between July 31 and September 5, take photos or video of it and email them to Include: Your name, category, beach location, title of your piece. There are two categories: “Under 14” and “Family”.


  • Sandcastle & Sculptures can only consist of sand, driftwood, shells, seaweed, rocks and stones found on the beach on the day of building.
  • No permanent forms shall be included in your structure.
  • The use of shovels, hoes, spatulas and spades etc. are permitted.
  • Sand forms, buckets etc. can only be used as forms.
  • All entries must be constructed on an Irish Beach.
  • Entries submitted after midnight, September 5th 2021 will not be considered.
  • The winner will be chosen by the Judging Panel.
  • The winner of each category will be contacted directly via the email address used for submission within 28 days of the closing date and will need to respond within 28 days or a new winner will be chosen.
  • The winners name will be available on request and published on the organiser's Facebook page 


  • Originality/creativity, attention to detail and artistic impression.


  • Category 1, Under 14: 1st Prize €50, 2nd Prize €20, 3rd Prize €20.
  • Category 2, Family: 1st Prize €250, 2nd Prize €100, 3rd Prize €50.

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