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2016 W.R. Shaw Queen of the Land officially launched

A fantastic programme of events is planned for the 2016 W.R. Shaw Queen of the Land Festival which was officially launched in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore on Saturday 15th October. This year’s festival has 32 Queens competing for the title of W.R. Shaw Queen of the Land 2016 including representatives from Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. The festival will attract visitors from all over the country and beyond to Tullamore on the weekend of Friday November 11th to Sunday November 13th 2016.

16th October 2016

Speaking at the launch the Chairman of the Committee, Ger Mahon said “We are delighted to have W.R. Shaw back as the main sponsors of the Festival and we extend our sincere gratitude to them for their continued support and commitment to the Queen of the Land Festival.” He continued: “We are also delighted to have the Irish Farmers Journal on board again this year as our media partners and we thank them for their coverage of this year’s festival. In addition, we would like to thank all of our associate sponsors for their generosity, support and loyalty to our Festival”. Founded in 1964 the festival has gone from strength to strength and this year’s 52nd Festival will be no exception. “We have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the 2016 W.R. Shaw Queen of the Land Festival is the best yet with a superb line-up of entertainment for this year’s festival you won’t be disappointed”, said Mr Mahon. This year’s judges are Christine Buckley, reigning W.R Shaw Queen of the Land 2015, Billy Shaw, representative of WR Shaw and guest judge Anna Marie McHugh, NPA representative and Queen of the Land from 1989. The MC for the weekend is comedian and impersonator Frank Forde. The schedule for the weekend is as follows: Friday 13th November 12pm Queens depart for tour of Clonmacnoise & Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre. 7.00pm Official opening Ceremony of the W.R. Shaw Queen of the Land Festival 2016 in Bridge House, Tullamore. 9.30pm International Act (to be confirmed) in the Palace nightclub. Entry €10, payable at the door. Saturday 14th November 3pm Queens introduced to escorts at Hugh Lynch’s Bar, free entry. 8pm Interviews in Bridge House Hotel by Frank Forde, comedian. Tickets €15, payable at the door with music afterwards by Megabeat, Legacy and Joe Wynne with DJ until late after 12pm. Sunday 15th November 6pm Official Photographs at Bridge House Hotel 7pm W.R Shaw Queen of the Land Festival Gala Banquet commences in the Bridge House Hotel. Tickets are €35 and must be booked in advance through Ger Mahon. 9:30pm Music by The Greatest Day followed by D.J. until late in the Bridge House Hotel. Tickets €15 payable at the door. 12 midnight Official crowning of the W.R .Shaw Queen of the Land 2016 followed by dancing till late. Full details available at www.queenofthelandfestival.com or you can contact Chairperson Ger Mahon on 085-2471416 for more details.

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