Emma-Jayne takes second place in Miss Macra Festival
EMMA-JAYNE Earls, a member of the Cookstown Young Farmer’s Club, is celebrating after being awarded second place in the 41st International Miss Macra Festival.
Aileen Hennessey, representing the Muskerry region of Cork, was crowned International Miss Macra 2012, while Clodagh Barnwell from Dublin was awarded third.
The winners were announced after the enchanting hour of midnight when an eerie silence descended on the ball room of Dundrum House Hotel which marked the conclusion of this year’s festival and where the Gala banquet had taken place that evening.
Aileen Hennessey followed in the footsteps of Sarah-Louise Healy, International Miss Macra 2011, who had also represented the region of Muskerry, Cork.
Aileen was presented with a specially-made Sterling Silver Tiara, embellished with cubic Zirconia, designed and hand crafted by Michael’s Jewellers Thurles, for the 40th anniversary of the Festival.
She also was presented with the Perpetual Silver Miss Macra trophy courtesy of Dundrum House Hotel and a cash prize of €1000.
In second place, Emma-Jayne Earls received a specially commissioned piece of Tipperary crystal and a cash prize of €500 and Clodagh Barnwell who came third also received a piece of Tipperary crystal and €300.
Over 190 people sat down for the five course Gala Banquet to conclude the festival.
That morning they had attended Mass in the local parish church in Clonoulty-Rossmore and afterwards, the Miss Macra contestants had to prove their worth by taking part in a sports day.
The entertainment on the Sunday night was provided by the band ‘Arkadia’ and ‘No Recession’, with Don Andrews providing the sound and lighting.
This year saw 21 contestants taking part in the 41st International Miss Macra Festival.
Every August Bank Holiday weekend, Clonoulty-Rossmore Macra Na Feirme hosts this fabulous festival from the Welcoming ceremony on Thursday evening to the Gala Banquet Sunday night, which continues on to the early hours of Monday morning. Every person involved in the precise planning and organising of the festival does so on a completely voluntary basis and the success of this year’s festival should particularly go to Ann Marie Wade (Chairperson) and her dedicated team.
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