Queen of the Land returns to Offaly

Charlie Flynn

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Charlie Flynn

Queen of the Land returns to Offaly

Emma Birchall from Kildare was crowned the W.R. Shaw Queen of the Land for 2017 with Head Escorts Fergal Leonard and Ronan Phelan. Photography by Paul Moore

The 54th Queen of the Land Festival will be hosted by Offaly Macra on the 9th-11th of November 2018 in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

In the lead up to the Festival, the committee is organising events around the county. The first of such events was a Golf Classic on Sunday 2nd September in Castle Barna, Daingean. 

Chairperson of the Festival, Gerard Mahon said at the recent annual general meeting that “This year is going to be very exciting and action-packed, with new and fresh ideas set in motion for this year’s festival”.

The Golf Classic is a novel idea by the incoming committee to involve the county as a whole in the Festival and to mount excitement for November, as well as raise funds for the festival. The Golf Classic was a success with winners Thomas Leonard, Sean Leonard, Seamus Gleeson and Noel Leonard from Killoughey winning the competition. 

The Festival will move to Dan and Molly’s, Ballyboy next. There they will hold a table quiz on Friday the 14th of September. This will double as Offaly Macra’s county round of Question Time so you better get studying. The top team from the Macra clubs will progress to the National Finals in Santry, Dublin; but there will be a prize for the overall winners - so everyone is welcome to come along and play!