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Previous Winners & History

The WR Shaw Queen of the Land Festival was initiated by the Farmers Journal in 1964 as part of the Kilkenny beer festival, the competition was then taken over by Offaly Macra three years later and it has since grown to become one of the prestigious events to grace the Macra Na Feirme and Offaly calendars.

Meath live up to the claim of being the "Royal County" by having had six Queens crowned over the years.  Cork (2014) has recently joined Laois with four titles each.

2001 became the only year the contest had to be postponed due to the Foot and Mouth crisis that hit Ireland that year (in the process giving Anita Meagher from Co. Waterford  the distinction of being the only Queen to rule for two years).

The host county has only tasted victory twice in the competition with Michelle Cody's win in 1994 and Sinead Mulcahy in 2009, both from the Shinrone club.

1960's Winners

1964 - Phyllis Finnegan (née Ward) - Co. Meath
1965 - Marie Grey (née Curtis)- Co. Meath
1966 - Joan Caulfield - Co. Roscommon
1967 - Breda Keneavy - Co. Westmeath
1968 - Ann Kelly (née Minahan) - Co. Clare
1969 - Elleen Cloney - Co. Wexford

1970's Winners

1970 - Jennifer McKenna (née Redpath) - Co. Meath
1971 - Moira Miller (née Hardgrove) - Co. Laois
1972 - Shelia Motherway (nee Hallahan) - Co. Waterford
1973 - Elizabeth Sharkey (nee Kelly) - Co. Wicklow
1974 - Joan O’Keeffe (nee Bergin) - Co. Kilkenny
1975 - Mary O’Connor - Co. Cork
1976 - Philomena Byrne (nee Collins) - Co. Meath
1977 - Mary Monaghan (nee Harte) - Co. Kildare
1978 - Rosaleen Gallagher (nee Gilsenan) - Co. Meath
1979 - Catherine Gorman (nee Coffey) - Co. Kildare

1980's Winners

1980 - Aine Kent - Co. Wicklow
1981 - Ornagh Darcy (nee O’Mahoney) - Co. Wexford
1982 - Ann Dempsey (nee Ryan) - Co. Wicklow
1983 - Ann Kavanagh (nee Alrey) - Co. Waterford
1984 - Kathleen Murphy (nee Sinnott) - Co. Laois
1985 - Helena Connolly (nee McElvaney) - Co. Monaghan
1986 - Margaret McPaddan (nee Quinn) - Co. Donegal
1987 - Eillsh Rahill (nee Kirk) - Co. Louth
1988 - Clare Dillon - Co. Galway
1989 - Ann Marie McHugh - Co. Kildare

1990's Winners

1990 - Chris Clifford - Co. Limerick
1991 - Alice Lynch - Co. Sligo
1992 - Marie Vines - Co. Cork
1993 - Michelle Sheerin - Co. Sligo
1994 - Michelle Cody - Co. Offaly
1995 - Josephine Rodgers - Co. Roscommon
1996 - Audrey Salley - Co. Kildare
1997 - Caroline Glancy - Co. Roscommon
1998 - Lorraine Morrissey - Co. Tipperary
1999 - Mairead McEvoy - Co. Kilkenny

2000 - 2009 Winners

2000 - Anita Meagher - Co. Waterford
2002 - Eimear O’Brien - Co. Wicklow
2003 - Caroline Tuite - Co. Meath
2004 - Catherine McCollum - Co. Cavan
2005 - Elaine Murphy - Co. Kilkenny
2006 - Breda Goulding - Co. Laois
2007 - Yvonne Daly - Co. Cork
2008 - Kate Harrison - Co. Dublin
2009 - Sinead Mulcahy - Co. Offaly

2010 - 2019 Winners

2010 - Sherine Prendergast - Tipperary South

2011 - Bernie Woods - Co. Kilkenny

2012 - Teresa Brennan - Co. Laois

2013 - Geraldine Barrett - Co. Cork

2014 - Orla Murphy - Co. Galway

2015 - Christine Buckley - Co. Kerry

2016 - Karen Elliffe - Co. Westmeath

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