A large crowd gathered into Loughglynn Community Centre as Maria Mc Carthy was crowned Queen of the Woodlands 2015 last Saturday, in what was the culmination of the annual Queen of the Woodlands festival and the Loughglynn music Festival.
After an evening of partying, the contestants took to the stage, where they were ably interviewed by Gerry Glennon, from Midwest Radio.
The crowning of as Queen of the Woodlands took place at 11.30 pm, with the reigning Queen, Alisha Callaghan, handing over the mantle.
Ms McCarthy was sponsored by Cllr. Michael Creaton, of Fine Gael.
Maria received a perpetual trophy, sponsored by Lynch Roofing, and a substantial cheque, which was sponsored and presented by James Creaton, of Loughglynn.
She also received shoes, sponsored by Pairs Shoes in Castlerea; a bag, sponsored by Glamorize, Castlerea; a cosmetic hamper, sponsored by McAnana’s Chemist; a Newbridge Chain, sponsored by Gentique Jewellery’s, Castlerea; and numerous other gifts and vouchers.
The winning Queen will also take part in the Roscommon Rose Selection night for Tralee 2016.
All contestants received a commemorative gift on the evening. Escorts on the night were Patrick Loftus and Liam Grady, from Lisacul.
Adjudicators were Maureen Claffey, from Castlerea; Marina Hardiman, Shannonside Radio; and Evelyn O’Connor Tooreen (former contestant in Rose of Tralee).
Contestants for the Queen of the Woodlands were: Joanne Behan, Kilkelly; Jennifer Leyden, Fairymount; Chloe Carroll, Loughglynn; Maria Mc Carthy, Loughglynn; Stephanie Hannelly, Loughglynn; Kate Culligan, Loughglynn/Dublin; Karen Leech, Lisacul; Siobhan O’Connor, Tarmon, Castlerea; Riona Geraghty, Loughglynn.
Brendan Shine provided music and non-stop entertainment for the evening.
The organising committee would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all the very generous sponsors.
They would also like to express their gratitude to the judges, escorts, Loughglynn Music Festival committee and all the girls who participated.
Finally, they would like to thank all those the event, making it as always a very successful event.