To celebrate the Gathering 2013 all past Pride of Tipperary winners and contestants are invited back to Tipperary for a once off Gathering of the Prides on June 27 at Tipperary Racecourse.
One of those is 1999 Pride winner, Marie Ryan (nee Grisewood).Marie is now married to Mark Ryan and has two children, Abi (5) and Dylan (2). Mark and Marie started going out together in school and he was her escort for the Pride of Tipperary and the Limerick Selection of the Rose of Tralee Ball. “My most outstanding memory of being Pride in 1999 is how the actual status of being a Pride never actually leaves you; once you get the title its with you forever. But I do remember mam telling me to lodge my winning cheque in the credit union and get a loan on the strength of it for a car. The rest is history I guess as I’ve been driving since that summer”. Some of the events I attended in my year as Pride were the Canon Hayes 10k with Eamonn Coughlan, the penalty shoot out with Mr. Ireland (from Clonmel) and the Mount Sion Garden Fete.