Siblings battle for Miss Macra in high-calibre competition
It may not be as well known as a similar contest held in Kerry each August - but the International Miss Macra has a 46-year history and attracts a high calibre of contestant.
The women representing Macra clubs are young and well educated. Being a farmer isn't essential but most are immersed in rural life.
Dentist Susan Crean (32), representing Kerry, had her name put forward by sister Vanessa (24). The siblings are now up against each other.
"No matter what happens, I'll have to eat my Christmas dinner across the table from her," said Vanessa, who works for a media company in Limerick and is representing Limerick city Macra.
Mhairi Dalgliesh, from Dumfries in Scotland, is the international dimension.
Joan Pollard Carew has been judging the competition for 35 years and her business, Michael's Jewellers, is one of the main sponsors.
"There's a much higher standard of education and a diversity in skills and work experience than there used to be," she said.