Deirdre is crowned Elphin Show Queen

Mantua’s Deirdre Hynes was crowned Queen of Elphin Show 2007 at a fun-filled event in Bóthar Rua on Saturday night last. Deirdre was one of fifteen local women to take part, all of whom were sponsored by local businesses. Her escort for the night was Adam Devine. Dressed in red, Deirdre told MC Eugene Murphy that she is a student in Elphin Community College, going into her Leaving Cert year. After school, she’d like to study medicine or pharmacy. At the moment she is working part time in Glancy’s supermarket.  A daughter of John and Mary Hynes, Deirdre has two brothers, David, who was an escort for contestant Amanda Beirne and Adrian, who Deirdre noted is the baby of the family and was born on April 1st. She praised escort Adam, who by the way is ‘just a friend’, for collecting her and bringing her safe and sound to the event. She enjoys walking and is a member of the bebo generation and also enjoys socialising.  Football was the topic of much conversation in Elphin on Saturday night, as the local team played in the county quarter finals on Sunday. A native of Mantua, Deirdre noted that half of Mantua is in Elphin and ‘it’s really the Mantua people that make the Elphin team’. Last year’s winner Edwina Guckian was on hand to crown the new Queen and Deirdre also won first prize of €200 as well as a piece of crystal sponsored by Cathal Duffy and a bouquet of flowers. Kelly Ann Carney, escorted by Frankie Cregg, was sponsored by Tom’s Bar. A student of Elphin Community College, she returned to school on Tuesday. Guests heard that Kelly Ann enjoys reading, especially celebrity gossip. She intends to make lots of money by becoming a lawyer and having her own company in Elphin. Stephanie Cregg represented Calbar Landscapes and she was escorted by Trevor Conroy. 18-year-old Stephanie is a student in Elphin and her hobbies include horses. Incidentally, earlier that day she won a showing class at Elphin Show with her brother’s horse ‘Moneybags’ and was looking forward to seeing her picture in the Farmers’ Journal. Deirbhile Neary was accompanied by Shane Reynolds and sponsored by Elphin Windmill. A childcare student in Sligo, Deirbhile told guests that she is fond of children and added that she has been friends with Shane Reynolds since playschool. A hip hop dance enthusiast, Deirbhile also enjoys basketball. Natasha Sweeney represented Chatterland creche and she was accompanied by Declan Filan. A childminder, Natasha worked in the Chatterland creche for the summer and really enjoyed that. Katie O’Rourke represented Tiernan’s Bar and was accompanied by Conor Tiernan. Much was made on the night of Conor’s hairdo and guests heard that Katie’s hobbies include doing people’s hair. Amanda Beirne was escorted by David Hynes and she represented the home venue, Bóthar Rua. Escort David carried the mascot for Amanda, a teddy bear called Eugene. Amanda is in Sligo IT, one of four girls and three boys from the locality heading off for Sligo this week. She works in Murray’s filling station and gets to meet lots of new people every day. Michelle Maye was escorted by Stephen Rushe. Wearing a green dress, she told guests that she was representing Seamus Travers. Along with her escort Stephen, she joked that she hopes to set up a pub in Elphin in competition with Cathal and Gordon Murray. She works in Mullaney’s in Croghan, which she described as ‘the busiest shop in Ireland.’ She noted that the shop has lovely tea and coffee and specialises in catering for passing builders and their three spoons of sugar in the tea. She is currently living with ‘six lunatics’ in Sligo and enjoys going socialising in Carrick.  Mary Casserly was sponsored by Elphin Pharmacy and was escorted by Dermot O’Dowd, described as her ‘husband to be’. Wearing a pink dress, Mary told guests that she is studying to be a primary school teacher. Hobbies include walking and shopping, with Dermot doing the driving and providing the credit card! Leanne Conlon was accompanied by Alan O’Dowd and sponsored by Elphin Fitted Furniture. Leanne is doing a Bachelor of Business in Culinary Art, leaving her options open in terms of both business or the catering trade. She wants to go into food safety when she finishes college. Hobbies include cinema, socialising and keeping fit. Lisa Farrell represented Timmy Murray and she was escorted by Paul Kelleher. Wearing blue, she told guests that she is going to college in September to do childhood education, a three-year course in Sligo IT. Speaking of bebo, Lisa said, ‘you could say it was a hobby, but it’s more of an addiction than a hobby.’ She is learning to drive and uses her brother Shane’s car for practice. ‘I was behind Shane’s wheel until one day he was too tired to bring me so I took myself and the ditch was in the wrong place.’ Speaking of her social life, she said, ‘the odd time I do venture out with the lunatics, we go to Carrick or Elphin.’ Treasa Hennessy from Elphin represented Brady’s Travel and was escorted by Derwin Brennan. A student in Elphin Community College, she is going into Leaving Cert and hopes to do paediatric nursing. Lucy Clayton was accompanied by Adrian Callery and she represented Clayton’s Checkout. She works in Clayton’s, which she described as being ‘a bit better than a supermarket’.  She advised shoppers to spurn Tesco in favour of Clayton’s where there’s a special offer on Fairy Liquid. She’s doing a PLC nursing course in Sligo and wants to do forensic science next September. She has been buddies with her friend Adrian since national school. She enjoys bebo, emailing friends and getting to know new people. Melissa Tarpey represented Murray’s Filling Station and was escorted by Eric King. Wearing black, she said that she is a student in Carrick and will be doing her Leaving Cert this year. She would like to be a teacher and enjoys going to school on Padraic Butler’s bus. Hobbies include walking with her friend Aine or going to the cinema, where her favourite actor is Colin Farrell.  The last contestant of the night was Edel Hennessy and she represented Glancy’s, escorted by Paul Dockery. She is hoping to go to Sligo to study business after having completed a PLC in Boyle. She enjoys Formula 1 and also going out with her friends Martina and Thelma.