Established in 1964 the Pride of Tipperary has been bringing together the young ladies of our community for 53 years. It is a celebration of the spirit, talent, personality, character, strength and all-round beauty of our annual contestants who forge life-long friendships with their fellow contestants.
In the space of only a few weeks, it never fails to amaze how sometimes shy and uncertain young ladies blossom as their morale and self-belief rises to the challenge of public speaking, forging friendships and showcasing all they have to offer. Throughout the festival, our contestants experience an immense mixture of social interaction through our numerous fun, casual events, coupled with the more formal, official activities which really allow our Pride contestants to shine.
Each year, our season kicks off with a formal meet-and-greet at Tipperary Racecourse. This affords the contestants to meet their fellow Prides in a relaxed setting while enjoying the buzz of the racecourse with their family and friends. It is here where they will meet the Pride of Tipperary committee who brief the ladies on the amazing 2 weeks ahead of them!
The fortnightly festival goes very fast, but it is a busy schedule involving our ice-breaking Table Quiz in Tipperary Town where there is a fancy-dress theme – always a lot of fun! The annual fashion show another highlight in our calendar and is the first of the more formal events where the Prides get dressed up and have their first public interviews with our ever-cordial and relaxed MC. On the night there will be the Celia Holman Lee models on the catwalk and this is always a popular and entertaining evening.
2016 Fashion Show
2015 Fashion Show
2014 Fashion Show
Of course, we can’t forget the super fun of the fund-raising Penalty Shootout in association with The Tipperary Lions Club. This is super-relaxed and fun evening where the locality gets their football kits on, and the Prides do to! We’ve been very lucky in recent years to have had plenty sunshine on our sides for this event, and fingers crossed for the same this year.
The highlight of our season is always the annual Gala dinner held in one of our wonderful local hotels. This is a black-tie event and is always well-received. It’s an elegant evening where our contestants are wined and dined in beautiful surroundings and they have the opportunity to present their talents publicly during the interview process throughout the night. Alongside the ever-popular singing, dancing and music performance, in recent years our contestants have displayed a flair for everything, from balloon-modelling to face-painting! It really is a wonderful night.
2016 Gala Dinner
2015 Gala Dinner
2014 Gala Dinner
On the more serious-side, there are formal interviews with our judging panel during the festival, which, although tinged with nerves, is a very important part of the crowning decision each year. The entire festival culminates with the Crowning Night which takes place on Main Street, Tipperary Town as part of the “Tipperary Festival” activities.
At this stage, we have seen the very best that our contestants have to offer, and it’s always a very difficult decision as to who will be crowned the Pride of Tipperary, as each contestant is always worthy of immense Pride by our committee and judges. While there has been a lot of changes since our first ever Pride of Tipperary festival, one thing remains constant: our community has young ladies worth showcasing. They never fail to amaze us with their grace, determination, courage and talent. The Pride of Tipperary really has a lot to be proud of.