The Pride of Tipperary, Diana Buckley, has had a full year of engagements fulfilling this local prestigious role. The Nationalist looks back with Diana since Christmas at her highlights, the high level of commitment required and the passion and dedication she maintained during this time.
Christmas was a busy time and following on from the switching on of the Christmas lights, Diana attended the ceremonies for The Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary’s Church. “The switching on of the town’s Christmas Lights was a great opportunity to meet many families in Tipperary Town and the Christmas Tree Festival displayed very creatively decorated trees where many business and not-for-profit community organisations emphasised very deep community awareness and participation,” said Diana.
“It was wonderful to partake in the fun in the Tipperary and Cashel Pantomimes and the Tipperary Musical Society and savour the local talents and performances. A visit to the performance of ‘Hairspray’ by St Anne’s Transition Year was also a highlight and really enjoyable. Most memorable was being on the main stage at this years St Patrick’s Day Parade from the band stand; again it was a joy to witness the community spirit and camaraderie of the local people.”said Diana.
“Spring brings daffodils and Daffodil Day brings support for the South Tipperary Hospice. “Helping to sell daffodils on Daffodil Day in Cashel Town was an unforgettable experience, as so many people spoke to me about their experiences of families who have used the many valuable services of the South Tipperary Hospice movement,” said Diana. “
Another great fundraising event that Diana was proud to be at was the Tipp Vintage Rally held at Easter in the Tipperary Racecourse. The funds raised are being presented to the Irish Heart Foundation and Irish Cancer Society. It was a very successful day.
Whilst out and about at different events Diana also had an opportunity to meet with the Tipperary Fire Brigade and Civil Defence and chat to the people serving on the ground providing essential local services. Diana also called to the MooreHaven Centre on their Open Day and had the great time with the members, chatting and dancing being the order of the day.
“I really appreciated my visit to the Tipperary Excel Arts and Cultural Centre to savour an exhibition of paintings, ‘Presence and Absence-11’ by Irish Artist Geraldine Jackman that consisted of a reconstruction of these histories and explores how objects trigger memories and emotional responses. I’d like to add here the importance of and how much I appreciative this excellent arts centre in Tipperary town.”
The Volunteer of the Year event in Bansha was another big highlight for The Pride. “ I found it just awe inspiring as volunteers from all over the country were so rightfully honoured for their volunteerism in their local communities.”
She was delighted to support the recent ‘Happy Faces Day’ for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation and the launch of upcoming festival, ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary 2012’. Alongside all of these events Diana was a very proud contestant in the Tipperary Rose Selection in March.
With the Pride of Tipperary Festival taking place in July, alongside the, ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ centenary celebration festival, Diana exclaimed that she there is so much more that she is longing to do during her final months of her reign and looks forward to meeting many more of you in the coming weeks.