Sinead Conry has been selected as the 2019 Tullamore Credit Union Queen of the Land.
Her mother entered the hotly-anticipated competition in 1983.
Sinead was presented with the Queen of the Land Linda O’Brien tiara, the Tullamore Credit Union perpetual trophy, the Tullamore Credit Union sponsored €1,000 prize, a specially commissioned piece of Galway Crystal from Cahill Jewellers, a two-night break in the Bridge House Hotel and a €200 clothing voucher from Kode Clothing.
The 22-year-old club secretary of Elphin Macra studies Environmental Health Science at DIT and is passionate about farming and exhibiting Hereford cattle.
She is the current secretary of the Connacht branch of the Hereford Society and will represent Ireland at the World Hereford Conference in New Zealand in March 2020.
Both runners up received a €200 cash prize and a specially commissioned piece of Galway Crystal.
Escort of the Year
The Escort of the Year is Paddy Jordan from Tullow Macra na Feirme; he received a Tony O’Donoghue sponsored perpetual trophy, a weekend stay for two in the Bridge House Hotel and a €300 clothing voucher from Guy Clothing.
29 queens descended upon Tullamore last weekend for the largest festival in the Macra na Feirme calendar.
The participants arrived in Tullamore on Friday night to tour the county before the festival was officially launched at 7 pm. This was followed by Bingo Bongo and music by the Dooley Brothers in Hugh Lynches, Tullamore.
On Saturday, November 9th, the Queens were privately interviewed by the judging panel before the ladies met their escorts for the weekend.
The doors of the Bridge House Hotel later opened for the queen’s on-stage interview. MC on the night was Will Faulkner, revered DJ on Midlands 103.
Crowds were entertained by Joe Wynne, the Groomsmen and Big Generator before iRadio DJ, Mark McCabe, creator of Maniac 2000, took to the stage.
On the final day of the festival, the girls attended a special ceremony at the Church of Assumption Tullamore, before they began preparing for the Gala Banquet. At midnight, the 2019 Tullamore Credit Union Queen of the Land was chosen.
Representing the festival nationwide
Chairperson, Niamh McDonald, said: “We, the committee, are delighted to see Sinead crowned the 2019 Tullamore Credit Union Queen of the Land. We are sure she will do a great job of representing our festival all over the country for the next year."
"We would have been happy, honestly, to see any of the contestants win as they have all proven to be charming, intelligent girls."
"Of course, we are also sad to see our 2018 reigning Queen, Louise Crowley, leave her role as well as she has done a superb job throughout her reign."
"With another festival closing, I am most grateful to all the hard-working committee, all our generous sponsors and most of all to our supporters, who came from all over the country and further afield to enjoy the Tullamore Credit Union Queen of the Land Festival 2019." McDonald concluded.