Ballysax woman to represent Kildare at Miss Macra festival


Laura Coates


Laura Coates

Ballysax woman to represent Kildare at Misss Macra festival

Kildare's Miss Macra contestant Kathryn Snell

Ballysax woman Kathryn Snell will represent Kildare at the 45th International Miss Macra Festival in Thurles this August Bank Holiday weekend.

The 19-year-old student is the daughter of dry stock farmers Tom and Bernadette Snell. She is a past pupil of Ballysax NS and the Cross and Passion College in Kilcullen.

She was chosen last March to represent the Lilywhite county. Kathryn is a member of Naas Macra, which last year won the Best Emerging Macra Club national title, and has been recently elected her club's PRO.

“Winning Miss Macra would mean a lot to me,” said Kathryn. “As well as making new friends I would like to increase people's knowledge of the existence of Macra.”

The organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35 started as a young farmers' organisation. These days, however, it offers a wide range of activities including public speaking, sports and travel opportunities as well as rural pursuits including farm walks and stock judging.

The Miss Macra festival will feature a nineties-themed disco in Hayes Hotel, Thurles, on Friday, July 29; a cabaret in the Dome, Semple Stadium on Saturday 30 and a banquet in the Anner Hotel on Sunday, July 31.

The contestants will take part in a weekend of interviews and activities, including the traditional Miss Macra mass on the Sunday followed by a sports day in Clonoulty.