Four Cork girls will be among contestants from across Ireland, and indeed overseas, vying for glory at this year’s 46th annual International Miss Macra Festival.
The festival will take place over the August bank holiday weekend from Friday, August 4, to Monday, August 7, in Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Various fun activities will be taking place over a jam-packed weekend, with the festival kicking off with a charity trad night on Friday at Coffey’s of Stouke.
On Saturday night, there will be entertainment from The Waxies at the Dome, Semple Stadium.
Miss Macra contestants will be hoping to stand out from the crowd at this year’s events, which will culminate in the gala Miss Macra banquet at the Anner Hotel on Sunday night, when reigning Miss Macra, Avondhu’s Sinéad Guiney, will hand over the tiara to this year’s winner.
Anita Cremin of Fermoy Macra is set to represent Avondhu.
Anita, a native of Ballinrush, Kilworth, Co Cork, is currently working as a quality assurance specialist at MSD Ballydine.
Anita is the sports officer for the Avondhu region and has previously held the role of club secretary and PRO. She was part of her club’s first ever ladies football team to make a national final.
Kate O’Donovan of Ballinascarthy Macra will represent Carbery.
Kate, a native of Ballinascarthy, near Clonakilty, is working as a childcare assistant in a local preschool.
Kate has previously held the positions of club PRO and web editor for Carbery Macra na Feirme, and has also been involved in numerous events with club and county including Capers, Gaelic football and indoor soccer.
Ciara Corkery of Donoughmore Macra is representing Muskerry at this year’s festival.
Ciara, a native of Knockarourke, Donoughmore, is a student nurse, working as a healthcare assistant in Rosenalee Care Centre in Ballincollig.
She is also a till operator, shop assistant and training as a horticulturist in Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey.
Over her past two-and-a-half years in Macra, Ciara has been participating in the weekly sports nights, sports competitions, club exchanges, social outings and fundraising events. She was a judge for her local primary school’s art competition organised by the Donoughmore club to raise funds for Motor Neuron Disease.
She was also responsible for organising accommodation in Killarney for her club’s exchange in May of this year and with setting up a Coachford College Macra club in 2016 due to a huge interest, which led to them becoming members in their local clubs. She also took part in the Kerry Macra’s Take me Out.
Nadine Long of Cork City Macra na Feirme is set to represent Seandún.
A native of Sallybrook, Glanmire, Nadine works as an adult literacy and community tutor at Cork City, The Glen, Churchfield, and The Simon Community.
Nadine is extremely active in her club and holds the positions of development and education officer for the Seandún Macra region; vice chair of Cork City Macra; development officer for Cork City Macra, and previously held the position of club secretary with Cork City Macra when the club won an award for community development with Churchfield Community Trust.
For ticket information, log onto facebook.com/Missmacrafestival