The 2014 Miss Tipperary contest took place in Dundrum House Hotel last Friday night with great enthusiasm and an under-lying health pressure to fill the shoes of Aoife Walsh from Clonmel who won Miss Tipperary last year and went on to become Miss Ireland.
The four judges had a tough time deciding the winner and the runners-up, deliberating for nearly an hour from the final eight contestants who were narrowed down from seventeen beautiful girls.
As parents, family and friends of the contestants held their breath, 21-year old Linda Creedon from Ballinlough, Co. Cork was announced the winner.
“I didn’t expect to win and when they called my name I was shaking and I’m surprised I didn’t fall over going up the stairs,” said Linda. “During the day I realised how much taking part in Miss Tipperary meant to me and I got on very well with all the girls and put my heart and soul into the day and into the night.”
Linda’s parents Annette and Danny were there to support their daughter. Linda’s grandmother, from her father’s side, originally came from Thurles and he was thrilled that his daughter would be representing Tipperary.
Linda has two sisters, is studying to be a nurse and is just finishing her third year in college.
Tara Fogarty from Cluain Cregg, Carrick-on-Suir was announced the first runner-up and the youngest contestant 17 year old Rachel McCormack from Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles is the second runner-up.
Organiser of the event and former Miss Tipperary and Miss Sunday World Esme Mansergh Wallace said she was absolutely delighted with the entries this year and said the girls were all fantastic and a real pleasure to deal with.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to our four judges Kellie McGrath, Esther Woods, Aoife Walsh and David Kelleher who had the extremely difficult job of picking the winners”, she said.
Becca Gubbins from Tipperary Town won the title Miss Congeniality and Jodie Hall from Carrick-on-Suir won Miss Photogenic. The Best Dressed award went to Erika Howley from Golden.