Aileen is Crowned 41st Annual Miss Macra

Aileen Hennessey from Muskerrry, Co Cork was crowned winner of the 41st International Miss Macra Festival last weekend. The runners-up were Emma Jayne Earls from Tyrone, and Clodagh Barnwell from Dublin came second and third respectively. The winners were announced at a Gala Banquet in Dundrum House Hotel, which every year concludes the Festival. 


Aileen Hennessey from Muskerrry, Co Cork was crowned winner of the 41st International Miss Macra Festival last weekend. The runners-up were Emma Jayne Earls from Tyrone, and Clodagh Barnwell from Dublin came second and third respectively. The winners were announced at a Gala Banquet in Dundrum House Hotel, which every year concludes the Festival. 


By Tom Horan

Aileen Hennessey from Muskerrry, Co Cork was crowned winner of the 41st International Miss Macra Festival last weekend. The runners-up were Emma Jayne Earls from Tyrone, and Clodagh Barnwell from Dublin came second and third respectively. The winners were announced at a Gala Banquet in Dundrum House Hotel, which every year concludes the Festival. 
Miss Hennessy was presented with a specially-made Sterling Silver Tiara, embellished with Cubic Zirconia, and presented by Thurles’ Michael’s Jewellers. She was also presented with the Perpetual Silver Macra Trophy, a Tipperary Crystal trophy courtesy of Dundrum House Hotel, and a cash prize of E1000. Emma Jayne Earls received E500 for second place, and Clodagh Barnwell E300 for third. Both runners-up received specially commissioned pieces by Tipperary Crystal.

Entertainment for Sunday night’s banquet was provided by bands “Arkaida” and “No Recession, with sound & lighting provided by Don Andrews. Macra President Alan Jango was in attendance and described the whol weekend as being “superbly planned”.

Every person involved in organising the festival, including Clonoulty/Rossmore’s Macra na Feirme Chairperson Annemarie Wade, did so on a completely voluntary basis

Every August bank holiday weekend, Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra na Feirme hosts the festival, which draws in contestants from Macra branches across Ireland and beyond, though there were no international contestants this year.

Households in the parish volunteer to accommodate the girls for the duration of their stay, and they are kept busy over the long weekend; this year’s activities included a Glow-in-the-dark Disco, a visit to Coolmore Stud, and a Sports Day.