Karen Elliffe of Ballinagore Macra in Westmeath was crowned the 2016 W.R Shaw Queen of the Land at the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore recently.
Karen paid great tribute to her family and fellow contestants, and especially thanked the Queen of the Land committee for making each one of them feel special.
Karen comes away with the prestigious W.R. Shaw Queen of the Land title and the Linda O’Brien tiara that accompanies the title, a specially commissioned piece of Galway Crystal from Cahill Jewellers, €1,000 sponsored by W.R. Shaw, a two-night break in the Bridge House Hotel, and a €200 clothing voucher from Kode Clothing.
The festival, which has grown from humble beginnings, is now one of the most prestigious events in the Midlands social calendar. Huge crowds attended this year’s festival from all over Ireland, along with English, Scottish, and Northern Ireland counterparts.
Announcing the winners, judge and reigning queen Christine Buckley complimented the queens for being excellent ambassadors for their clubs and counties and wished the 2016 queen well for the coming year.