Offaly’s Claire is runner up at Queen of the Land

OFFALY’S Claire Walsh was the runner up at this year’s Queen of the Land Festival which took place in Tullamore last weekend.

OFFALY’S Claire Walsh was the runner up at this year’s Queen of the Land Festival which took place in Tullamore last weekend.

Clare narrowly lost out to eventual winner Teresa Marie Brennan from Laois. Third place went to Waterford representative Maria Foley.

This was the 48th Queen of the Land Festival sponsored by FBD and hosted by Offaly Macra na Feirme.

The judging panel for the 2012 festival consisted of guest judge Joe Healy, livestock editor for the Farming Independent and a former Macra na Feirme president, Bernie Woods, reigning 2011 Queen of the Land and Amanda Brennan, representative of FBD.

There were a wide variety of queens competing this year including students, teachers, managers and even a barbie doll collector.

On Friday night top Irish comedian Karl Spain took to the stage. The Queens faced interviews with the judging panel in the Bridge House from 8am on Saturday 10th November.

The group travelled to Hugh Lynch’s Bar in the afternoon where they were be introduced to their escorts.

The Queens were put through their paces by MC Deric Hartigan for the onstage interviews. These begin at 8pm sharp in the Tullamore Court Hotel.

The Gala Banquet took place at 7pm on Sunday at the Bridge House Hotel with the announcement of the Queen taking place that evening.