Helen off to Miss Macra Festival
Helen Clare of Johnstown/Coolgreany Macra will represent Wicklow in this year's International Miss Macra Festival.
The festival will take place over the August bank holiday weekend from Friday, August 3, to Monday, August 6.
Helen is a native of Rathpierce near Gorey and is a nurse but currently works as a student midwife in the national maternity hospital.
She started in Macra when she was 17 and was secretary of the club for two years, county secretary for a year and is the current club treasurer.
She won the drama all Ireland, came runner up another year and she was also a runner up in the debating. Helen has also previously won club and county member of the year in Wicklow.
Twenty-four contestants representing 20 counties will travel to Tipperary to compete for the honour of being crowned International Miss Macra 2018, following on in the footsteps of last year's winner, Lynsay Hawkes of Tyrone. Various fun activities will be taking place over a jam-packed weekend where supporters are always welcome.
On the Friday, a charity night takes place with all door proceeds being donated to charity.
On Saturday, the contestant will take to the stage in The Dome, Semple Stadium to be interviewed by Spin South-West DJ Valerie Wheeler followed by music from 'The Waxies' and DJs.
On Sunday, a gala banquet will be held in the magnificent Anner Hotel, Thurles followed by music from 'Silver Dollar' and the crowning of International Miss Macra 2018.