Kerry girl Christine Buckley crowned Queen of the Land

Kerry girl Christine Buckley was crowned Queen of the Land at a gala ceremony last Sunday night in Tullamore, Co Offaly.
Kerry girl Christine Buckley crowned Queen of the Land

Christine, of Killeentierna, wowed the adjudicating panel at the 51st annual festival, which this year included 2014 Queen Orla Murphy, WR Shaw representative Elaine Barrett, who owns and runs a beauty salon, and the former Limerick hurler and motivational speaker Joe Quaid.

Christine, a teacher, competed against 29 other contestants, including five from Cork, with Avondhu Queen Margaret Kelleher from the Rebel County taking second place and Mayo representative Agnieszka Urbaniak placing third at the contest in the Bridge House Hotel.

Muskerry Queen Lisa O’Connell, Imokilly Queen Sinéad McCarthy, Seandún Queen Siobhan Kelleher, and Carbery Queen Elaine Johnston did Cork proud.

Also lining out for Munster at the event was Waterford Queen Carrie Smith, South Tipperary Queen Marian O’Donnell, North Tipperary Queen Nora Ryan, Limerick Queen Liz Mason, and Clare queen Róisín Rodgers.

Christine was crowned with the official Queen of the Land Linda O’Brien tiara, and presented with a specially commissioned piece of Galway Crystal from Cahill Jewellers, as well as €1,000 sponsored by WR Shaw , a perpetual trophy, a two-night break in the Bridge House Hotel, and a €200 clothing voucher from Kode.

Margaret was presented with a WR Shaw sponsored €200 prize fund, a specially commissioned piece of Galway Crystal from Cahill Jewellers, and a mid-week stay for two in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore

Agnieszka won a WR Shaw sponsored €200 prize and a piece of Galway Crystal from Cahill Jewellers,

All contestants received a memento of the weekend sponsored by Cahill Jewellers.

The adjudicating panel took into account appearance, personality, energy, confidence, dress sense, rural knowledge and elocution to choose the contestant which best exuded the qualities of today’s modern rural woman.

Conor Quinn was selected by the Queens as best escort and received a €200 clothing voucher and a weekend break at the hotel.

Macra members from across the country travelled to the Faithful County for the three-day festival, which included performances by Transmitter, Abbey Folk and Joe Wynne, as well as White Diamond.

Organised by Offaly Macra, Queen of the Land is one of the highlights of the Macra calendar.

The festival was initiated by the Irish Farmers’ Journal in 1964 and taken over by Offaly Macra three years later.

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