Pride of Tipperary Festival in full swing

Pride contestants at the Pride of Tipperary Gala Banquet in Ballykisteen Hotel were l.to r. front row: Karolina Kerutyte, Katie Ahearne, Ellie Bailey, Cliona Sharpe and Stephanie Long, back row: Lena Ryan, Amy O'Connor, Ciara Cunningham, Lorraine Spillane, Anne McGrath, Donna Breen and Niamh Blackburn. Picture: Mike Hoare
The 2013 running of the Pride of Tipperary will conclude in Tipp town this Saturday night following the Festival Family Fun Raceday at Tipperary Races.

The 2013 running of the Pride of Tipperary will conclude in Tipp town this Saturday night following the Festival Family Fun Raceday at Tipperary Races.

The finale will bring to an end a fabulous programme of events which included the Gathering, Fashion Show, Gala Banquet and Table Quiz. All funds raised at each of the events will go to the Tipperary Lions Club following the successful fundraising partnership of the 2012 Festival.The Festival got under way at Tipperary Racecourse on Thursday June 27th with the official launch and the Gathering of past Pride winners and contestants.

The annual Fashion Extravaganza took place in Aherlow House Hotel on Tuesday (July 2) with models from the Celia Holman-Lee Model Agency taking to the runway to showcase the latest fashions from regional boutiques in front of a crowd of over 300 people. On Sunday attention switches to the Gala Banquet at Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort where over 170 guests including friends and family of the Pride Contestants and their sponsors gathered to celebrate this year’s Festival. Following a champagne reception guests were seated in the main dining room where current Pride of Tipperary Aoife O’Meara gave a heartfelt summary of her year as Pride while a beautiful collage of images was shown on the big screen. Attention now turns to the table quiz this Thursday night and the Festival Finale on Saturday evening. The 2013 Pride of Tipperary will be crowned at 9pm.