Primary school teacher Sinead Guiney, (representing Avondhu Macra Club), was crowned International Miss Macra 2016, at the close of the 45th International Miss Macra Festival, held in the Anner Hotel, this Sunday.
Josephine OC O'Dwyer (representing South Macra), came in second place, while Aileen Sheehan (representing Muskerry Macra Club, County Cork) was third.
The winners were announced following a banquet in front of a record crowd of some 250 guests; marking the conclusion of this year’s three-day successful farming festival. Musical entertainment was provided by Tipperary band Silver Dollar.
Ms Guiney was presented with a specially designed Sterling Silver Tiara, embellished with cubic Zirconia, designed and hand crafted by Michael Carew Jewellers, West Gate, Thurles. She was presented with the Perpetual Silver International Miss Macra Trophy, (Fitzgibbon Perpetual Cup), together with Galway Crystal and a bouquet of flowers by festival chairperson Anne Marie Lyng; secretary Eibhlis Maher and Simone Loughman respectively. A cash prize of €1000, sponsored by the Anner Hotel, was presented Michael Maher, managing director and co-owner.
Ms O'Dwyer, received a specially commissioned piece of Galway Crystal and a cash prize of €500, while Ms Sheehan also received a piece of Galway Crystal and €300 in prize money.
This year saw 22 contestants, each chosen by their respective Macra Clubs, who took part in this year’s 45th International Miss Macra Festival.