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Previous Winners & History

The 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

2017 - Emma Birchall - Co. Kildare

2018 - Louise Crowley - Co. Limerick

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