Nora Ryan bids for Blue Jean Queen title

Nora Ryan is North Tipperary’s representative in the 2013 Blue Jean Country Queen Festival, the 26th to date organised by Meath Macra na Feirme.

Nora Ryan is North Tipperary’s representative in the 2013 Blue Jean Country Queen Festival, the 26th to date organised by Meath Macra na Feirme.

The festival will open its doors this year to a host of visitors from all over the world who, as part of the Gathering celebrations, will be arriving in Athboy, Co. Meath to enjoy a weekend that promises something for everyone.

Planning a huge array of events to entertain their guests, including a world record attempt to create a giant blue denim mosaic, a community CD launch and tours of some local tourist attractions including the impressive Trim Castle, it certainly promises to be one of the best festivals yet!

With entries this year from all over Ireland and including international contestants from Denmark, France, Slovenia and Sweden, they will join visitors travelling from as far as Australia and New Zealand to sample the entertainment on offer in this busy Co. Meath town.

Nora and the other 29 expected Queens are guaranteed a fun-filled, action packed weekend.

From Friday, May 31st, when they are interviewed on stage, to the final music session on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, they have a hectic schedule.

Saturday afternoon sees Nora and the other queens taking to the streets for a carnival which guarantees fun and frolics for all the family. While on Sunday the queens will change from fancy dress to modelling dress to formal dress all within twelve hours!

Among the top national artists on this year’s programme are Joe Fury & The Hayride, who along with popular DJ Mark Caffrey play in the Festival marquee on Saturday, June 1st and The Nine Inch Trio who play on Sunday, June 2n. The presence of Matt & Paul Leavy and Old Stagecoach on the itinerary ensure that all tastes are catered for.

Nora Ryan is a 19-year-old member of the Nenagh branch of Macra na Feirme and is a student. Her hobbies include sports, music, farming and socialising.

Although fun is the name of the game Nora and the other queens will be competing for some wonderful prizes. First place receives prizes to the value of E1,000 and the title of Blue Jean Country Queen 2013. The runner-up will receive E600 while the winner of third prize receives E300. The prizes will be presented by representatives of the main sponsors - Stephens Cooke & Co., Gilsenan Brothers and O Reilly Hoofcare Services.

The winner of 2013 Blue Jean Country Queen title will be announced at midnight on Sunday, June 2nd and will be crowned by reigning queen, Wexford’s Leanne Brennan.

Tickets can be ordered online at www.bluejeanfest.com and can also be bought on the door but banquet tickets must be booked in advance.

For ticket sales and enquiries please call 087 215 4729.