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Sunday 24 September 2017

Leading rural ladies to vie for the prestigious Miss Macra title this weekend

Sinéad Guiney, Avondhu Macra, crowned International Miss Macra 2016. Image: Macra na Feirme
Sinéad Guiney, Avondhu Macra, crowned International Miss Macra 2016. Image: Macra na Feirme
Claire Mc Cormack

Claire Mc Cormack

Leading rural ladies from across the republic, northern Ireland and Scotland are set to take centre stage at the 46th annual International Miss Macra contest.

This weekend, 22 girls will vie for the prestigious and glamourous title, plus a handsome prize fund of €1,800 in Thurles Co. Tipperary.

The event, organised by Macra na Feirme in Clonoulty/Rossmore,  kicks off on Friday when all the stylish candidates will arrive at their farm family host homes in the area.

This year’s festival is sure to delight spectators with a series of colourful events including a cabaret show in the Dome at Semple Stadium, a sports day, a tour of world famous Coolmore Stud Farm, a traditional Irish music night for charity, and a banquet in the Anner Hotel, Thurles.

The iconic festival, which was founded in Thurles in 1971, has been a social highlight in the Premier County for decades with hundred expected to turn out to welcome contestants this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s adjudicators include poet Joan Pollard Carew; the president of Clonoulty Rossmore Macra Declan Ryan and a representative from Spin South West Radio.

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