Sinead Conry of Roscommon was crowned the 55 th Annual Tullamore Credit
Union Queen of the Land 2019 on Sunday night last. Sinead came out on top of
29 Queens by impressing the judges with her personality, her passion for her
farming work and connecting with her local community. Sinead is a 22-year-old
student in DIT from Castlerea. She is an active member of the newly developed
club, Elphin Macra na Feirme, and is currently club secretary. Some of her
many hobbies and interests include showing cattle of which she is the current
secretary of the Connaught branch of the Hereford Society, Sinead also enjoys
farming and socialising. For Sinead, winning the title of the Queen of the Land
2019 means more to her than most as her mother entered the competition in
The 1 nd runner up is Clodagh Ryan from Thurles Macra, North Tipperary.
Clodagh works as an Animal Evaluation Analyst with ICBF and enjoys breeding
and showing Charolais Cattle. 2 rd runner up is Laura Cable from Carbery Macra,
Laura is a dairy farm manager and has been involved in Macra na Feirme since
moving to Clonakilty.
The weekend saw 29 Queens descend on the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore
early Friday morning. They then set off for a tour of the faithful county,
stopping at Clonmacnoise one of the country’s top visitor attractions, and Dan
& Molly’s in Ballyboy, a small thatched pub favoured by locals. That evening,
the Queens returned to the town for the Grand Opening at the Tullamore
Credit Union at 6pm, followed by Bingo Bongo madness and the very
entertaining Dooley Brothers in Hugh Lynches. On Saturday morning, the girls
were up early for interviews with our esteemed judging panel – Ray Spain, Vice
Chairperson of Tullamore Credit Union, Louise Crowley, reigning 2018 Queen
of the Land and Amii McKeever, Editor of the Irish Country Living, after which
they were treated to hair styles by Ritzy’s Tullamore. Each queen was then
greeted by their escorts in the Phoenix Bar. The escorts were put through their
paces and interviewed by one of Macra own, Adam Burke, and if he deemed
them fit introduced them to their Queens. On Saturday night, after the
Queen’s onstage interviews, the crowd was entertained by Big Generator, the
Groomsmen and Joe Wynne and famed DJ Mark McCabe until late.
But no rest for the wicked – after a long night of partying, the Queens were up
again Sunday morning to attend a very special ceremony in the Church of the
Assumption, Tullamore and met some of the local people of the town.
Afterwards, they headed to the Harbour Bar for some well-earned
refreshments and a chance to chat and mingle. The greatest work was yet to
come however, as the girls prepared for the Gala Banquet. Each Queen
brought glamour and style to the closing event of the festival – rivalled only by
Niamh McDonald, chairperson of the Festival. Following the delicious banquet,
the LOLS entertained the crowd. The only interruption to the dancing on the
floor was at 12 midnight, when the crowd all gathered in anticipation for the
announcement – who is the 2019 Tullamore Credit Union Queen of the Land?
After much suspense Sinead Conry was presented with the Queen of the Land
Linda O’Brien tiara, the Tullamore Credit Union perpetual trophy, the
Tullamore Credit Union sponsored €1,000 prize, a specially commissioned
piece of Galway Crystal from Cahill Jewellers, a two night break in the Bridge
House Hotel and a €200 clothing voucher from Kode Clothing. Both runners up
received a €200 cash prize and a specially commissioned piece of Galway
Crystal. The Escort of the Year is Paddy Jordan from Tullow Macra na Feirme.
The Escort of the year was chosen by the Queens. Paddy received a Tony
O’Donoghue sponsored perpetual trophy, a weekend stay for two in the Bridge
House Hotel and a €300 clothing voucher from Guy Clothing.
Chairperson, Niamh McDonald had this to say after the announcement: “We,
the committee, are delighted to see Sinead crowned the 2019 Tullamore Credit
Union Queen of the Land. We are sure she will do a great job of representing
our Festival all over the country for the next year. We would have been happy,
honestly, to see any of the contestants win as they have all proven to be
charming, intelligent girls. We hope they will return to the Festival in the
future. Of course, we are also sad to see our 2018 reigning Queen, Louise
Crowley, leave her role as well as she has done a superb job throughout her
reign. With another Festival closing, I am most grateful to all the hard working
committee, all our generous sponsors and most of all to our supporters, who
came from all over the country and further afield to enjoy the Tullamore Credit
Union Queen of the Land Festival 2019”.