Offaly’s Susan aiming for Queen of the Land crown

The Queen of the Land festival celebrates its 46th anniversary this year with a packed line-up of entertainment in Tullamore over the weekend of November 11 – November 13 and Offaly’s Susan Cleary is aiming to keep the title in the host county.

The Queen of the Land festival celebrates its 46th anniversary this year with a packed line-up of entertainment in Tullamore over the weekend of November 11 – November 13 and Offaly’s Susan Cleary is aiming to keep the title in the host county.

However the Killeigh native will have to see off competition from 26 other hopefuls if she is to be crowned Queen of the Land this weekend.

The festival has gained a new premier sponsor for the event, FBD. Amanda Brennan says FBD are delighted to be able to get on board with the festival and wish the committee best of luck for the weekend of the festival.

Deric Hartigan 3e weather presenter will return to act as MC over the weekend. Also on hand will be the judging panel for this year’s contest. They are Amanda Brennan, FBD Tullamore the reigning Queen of the Land, Sherine Prendergast from South Tipperary and Henry Healy (more commonly known as Henry 8th), Barack Obama’s cousin.

There will be a wide variety of Queens competing this year including students, teachers, managers and even a Jewellery Maker. Festival Chairperson Ronan Feighrey is looking forward to this year’s event which he believes will be the best year of the festival ever. “We have pulled out all the stops to make this year special. No expense has been spared to bring the best entertainment to Tullamore the second weekend in November” she said.

The Queens will face interviews with the judging panel in the Bridge House from 8.00am on Saturday November 12. The group travels to Wolftrap Bar in the afternoon where they will be introduced to their escorts. The Queens will be put through their paces by MC Deric Hartigan for the onstage interviews. These begin at 8pm sharp in the Tullamore Court Hotel. Music afterward by The Lols, entry €15 at the door.

The Gala Banquet takes place at 7pm on Sunday November 13 at the Bridge House Hotel. The announcement and crowning of the 2011 Queen of the Land sponsored by FBD will take place at 11pm. Music by Fiesta.

Tickets for the 2011 festival are on sale now and are available as follows:

Bernard O’Shea tickets on sale from the Bridge House Hotel €15.

Banquet (€35) and are available from Dave Kenny. For more information on the festival check out www.queenofthelandfestival.com or email queenofthelandfestival@gmail.com