Vet student is new Mary from Murroe

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Vet student is new Mary from Murroe
VET student Megan Landers swapped her wellies and waterproofs by day for an evening dress to be crowned Mary from Murroe.

VET student Megan Landers swapped her wellies and waterproofs by day for an evening dress to be crowned Mary from Murroe.

Huge crowds attended the many events which culminated with the pageant in a marquee.

Terrier and mice racing were new additions this year but the animals were in safe hands with Megan, who will be going into her fourth year of veterinary studies in two weeks.

The Murroe girl was one of nine young ladies vying for the prestigious title.

“I was absolutely shocked when my name was called out. The other Marys were fantastic. They spoke so well and were so composed that I thought there was no way I was going to win,” said Megan, who was cheered on by proud parents Gerard and Geraldine, siblings Aimee and Jack, extended family and many friends.

Megan was sponsored by Mulcair Veterinary, for whom she has done work experience.

“The staff in both clinics have been fantastic to me, and this is the icing on the cake. I’d really like to thank them, Murroe Community Council, judges, organisers and everybody involved,” said Megan.

Philip King, one of the committee, said it was a brilliant weekend with excellent attendances at all the events beginning with the parade of the Marys through the village on Friday night and the family fun day in Abington on Sunday. Every night, there was craic agus ceol in Crokers, Valley Inn and Power’s.

The festival started in 1986 and ran for 11 years until 1998. It was revived in 2009, and is now a fixture in the calendar, said Philip.

“It was great fun and everything went like clockwork. We even had a last minute entry of a local man in drag, so we had our first ever male in the Mary from Murroe!” he added.

Leas Cathaoirleach John Egan congratulated Megan Landers and said she would do the parish proud.

“There were unbelievably big crowds. It lifts community spirit and is great for the local economy,” said Cllr Egan.