Avondhu Macra’s Sinéad Guiney took the crown at the close of the International Miss Macra Festival which took place over the August bank holiday weekend.
Josephine Ryan of Co Tipperary took second place, while Aileen Sheehan of Cork’s Muskerry region was third.
The overall winners were announced at midnight last Sunday night at a gala banquet at the Anner Hotel in Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Sinéad, from Newmarket and a member of Freemount Macra, follows in the footsteps of Susan Willis from Co Carlow, the 2015 International Miss Macra, who represented Tullow Macra.
Sinéad, a primary school teacher, beat off some very stiff competition from 21 other contestants.
She was crowned with a specially-made sterling silver tiara designed and hand crafted by Michael Carew Jewellers. Sinéad was also presented with the Fitzgibbon Perpetual Cup, a beautiful piece of Galway Crystal, and a cash prize of €1000.
Josephine and Aileen were also presented with runner-up prizes.
Every August bank holiday, Clonoulty-Rossmore Macra hosts the festival. Everyone involved in the planning and organising of the festival does so on a voluntary basis.
Events kicked off last Friday, when the contestants met the festival committee before going on a personal tour of the world-renowned Coolmore stud farm.
The finalists were then treated to lunch before taking part in a zumba class and meeting their host families.
On Friday night the finalists let their hair down ahead of a busy Saturday, which saw each finalist interviewed by judges Joan Pollard Carew, representing main sponsors Michael Carew Jewellers; Geraldine Henchion of Tipp FM, and Declan Ryan, the president of the Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra Club.
Later, each contestant was interviewed on stage at the festival marquee.
Sunday started with the contestants attending Mass in Clonoulty parish Church.
Later, the contestants and their escorts posed for the cameras before enjoying a champagne reception, followed by a five-course meal as part of the gala banquet.
The meal was followed by speeches live music and dancing, before Sinéad was crowned at midnight.
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