Clonoulty Launch 38th International Miss Macra


The Clonoulty Macra Committee in Co Tipperary have just launched their annual International Miss Macra Festival for the 38th occasion, at a press conference in Dundrum House Hotel.

From Thursday 30th July to Monday 2nd August next tractors, silage harvesters and milking machines will go silent.  Farms throughout the 32 counties of Ireland will have all the appearance of being abandoned when the young farmers of Ireland converge on the village of Clonoulty, Thurles, Co Tipperary.  Summer is a time of friendship, festivity and fun and the 38th annual International Miss Macra Festival promises all three.

The committee is delighted and honoured to be holding the festival, for the fifth year running, in the beautiful surroundings of Dundrum House Golf and Leisure Hotel. Set on 200 acres of rolling countryside, this 18th century Manor House Hotel is steeped in a tradition of genuine Irish hospitality, and its current owners, Austin and Mary Crowe have the vision and dedication to carry this tradition forward, while also creating one of Ireland’s finest golf and leisure resorts.  This magnificent rural setting provides an idyllic background for the festival, which goes from strength to strength, with each passing year.  The festival is  the biggest events in the Macra farming calendar and the contestants, supporters, Macra members and the general public, eagerly await this event, annually.

This year the three selected adjudicators, Margaret Fogarty, representing Dundrum House Hotel, local poet and businesswoman Joan Pollard Carew, and the now legendary Declan Ryan, former member of Macra’s National executive and former chairman of the festival will have a difficult task on their hands, selecting a winner from the very beautiful, warm and friendly group of 26 contestants, chosen by their respective clubs, to participate.

The lucky winner of the prestigious title “International Miss Macra 2009” will receive a cheque for €1000, together with a Tipperary Crystal trophy and perpetual silver trophy, all sponsored by Dundrum House Hotel. Runners up will receive generous prizes from sponsor’s Marcedes Kearney Nu-Du  Beauty Salon and Tipperary Co-Operative respectively. All of the contestants will be presented with a beautiful memento of the event from kind sponsors Michael’s Jeweller’s Thurles.
The committee look forward to seeing you in Dundrum and are preparing to give you all a true taste of real Tipperary hospitality and a weekend never to be forgotten.

For further information on this event contact Claire Ryan on 087-9819717 or email

Watch this site for further updates including the weekends events.


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