As the search for the 2013 Pride of Tipperary commences, the Nationalist takes a look back with the 1986 Pride of Tipperary, Catherine Kiely from Oola.
“I won the Pride in 1986 and I was representing Oola at the time where I grew up. It was lovely to be representing the actual village where I had been reared and as it was a very close community at the time, I really remember so many people from the village supporting me.
The most outstanding moment for me was when my name was called out as the new Pride of Tipperary and I just remember the huge cheer that went up. The highlight of the night was the pride in both my parent’s and grand parents faces as we had had a family bereavement a short time before so it gave them a huge lift on the night - I couldn’t have been happier for them.
As the Pride I attended various functions including: visiting schools, going to the races, calling into nursing homes which was so enjoyable. The visit that really stood out for me was calling to the Moorehaven Centre. They were so excited and thankful for me calling to see them. These days I’d say the Pride of Tipperary competition is much the same but that they would have more events to take part in.”
Catherine is now married to Daithi Fogarty and lives in Kilfeacle Co. Tipperary.