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Details of the Judging Panel for the 2017 WR Shaw Queen of the Land Festival

Our esteemed judging panel this year consists of:

We are delighted to have them as part of our festival and we wish them the very best in their unenviable task of deciding the 53rd WR Shaw Queen of the Land.

The Judges for the 2017 WR Shaw Queen of the Land Festival are:

• Karen Elliffe, reigning W.R. Shaw Queen of the Land 2016.

• Billy Shaw, W.R. Shaw Representative.

• Deirdre O’ Shea, Executive Director, Agri Aware.

The MC for the weekend is Will Faulkner.

He is behind the mantra of The Midlands Today Show awarded Ireland’s Current Affairs Show of the Year 2016 at the PPI National Radio Awards. Will was also named in Ireland’s top three news broadcasters in 2015, having finished in the top three speech broadcasters two years earlier. Will makes frequent television appearances, on shows such as ‘RTÉ Primetime’ and ‘Retail Therapy’. He has contributed to The Irish Times on media issues and lectured at Windmill Lane Studios and Griffith College Dublin. He is one of the most sought-after MCs in the midlands but also lends his time voluntarily for many community events. Away from the microphone, he is the face of several charity initiatives such as Irish Autism Action, generating over €50,000 in the last three years. A native of Co Kildare, Will is proud to call Clonbullogue in Co Offaly his new home, where he lives with wife Alix and their two children. According to Will, 'I am delighted and honoured to be involved with the WR Shaw Queen of the Land Festival 2017 for the first time. I'm well aware of the huge amount of time, work and organization that goes into an event like this, and I am sure that it will be a huge success for everyone involved'.

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