Say cheese! Charleville’s queens get set for festival

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

LADIES from all over the South Limerick and North Cork area are preparing for their moment in the spotlight when they take to the stage of the Charleville Park Hotel for the Charleville Festival Queen Competition.

LADIES from all over the South Limerick and North Cork area are preparing for their moment in the spotlight when they take to the stage of the Charleville Park Hotel for the Charleville Festival Queen Competition.

The glamorous event forms part of the Charleville Cheese Festival which was revived last year after an absence for 21 years.

The festival which takes place from Friday, May 25 until Sunday, May 27 features a wide variety of events and has proven to be one of the summer highlights for festival lovers throughout Munster.

Topping this year’s festival is the hugely popular Charleville Festival Queen competition which was won last year by Charleville’s Lisa McAuliffe.

Some 14 festival queen hopefuls from Charleville and the surrounding area will gather in the Charleville Park Hotel on Sunday, May, 27 to compete for the prestigious crown and the chance to represent the town of Charleville in the Cork heat of the Rose of Tralee. The winner will also receive €500 in prize money. “The festival is officially opening on the Friday night with a parade of vintage cars through the town. There will be a festival queen in every vintage car,” explained Ken Wheeler, committee member of the Charleville Cheese Festival.

The festival will be opened by Danny Flynn and Claude Gough of the hugely successful Charleville hurling team who won both the County and Munster Junior Hurling Club Championship.

Other events and activities include a family fun day on Sunday in the town park, a community expo, a children’s art competition, and live entertainment including performers from some local schools.

Commenting at the festival launch this week, Gerard Cott, Charleville Cheese Festival president said, “We are really proud of the way everyone has worked hard to put an action-packed weekend together”.