Newly crowned Pride of Tipperary Tracey Barron from Oola is settling into her new role and caught up with the Nationalist to talk about her aspirations and goals for the year ahead.
â€œIt might sound a little bit cheesy but I would have to say that winning the Pride this year was a huge accomplishment as I thought I would never even enter a competition like that and to have won it was just a major achievement for me. For all of the girls that entered, it really pushed us out of our comforts zones and that alone is a big thing. I can definitely say I met a fabulous group of girls and made many new friends from the experience,â€ said Tracey.
Tracey has two sisters, Emma and Amy and one brother, Brian. Her father Tom is a driver for Nightline couriers and her mother Michelle works at Milford Hospice as a Physio Assistant. After her Leaving Cert she studied Hairdressing at the Limerick College of Further Education for twelve months and began working in Finesse Hairdressing Salon in Oola.
â€œI always wanted to do hairdressing; itâ€™s a brilliant job to have and I love it. Iâ€™m very lucky that it is in my local village and you get to know so many other people. The reception I received in Oola after the crowning was amazing. During the competition I was lucky I had so much support from work and the clients were ringing to wish me luck - it was lovely. I want to thank them and my family, my boyfriend Dallan and his family for all their major support.â€
Tracey attends hairdressing courses in the Alfaparf Academy in Dublin and has been involved with Star Stage School for three years.
â€œIn my year as the Pride I want to promote Tipperary town and its facilities as much as possible. There are so many different organisations around that are doing fantastic work and I would just love to help them in any way I can. I hope to a bit of fundraising too, as Iâ€™ve always wanted to get involved in fundraising days with organisations and being Pride gives me the perfect opportunity.â€
Traceyâ€™s favourite things about Tipperary are all the different things you can do, from walking the woods in Aherlow to having fantastic sports facilities like Semple Stadium and Tipperary racecourse. â€œHopefully it will also be the home of the Liam Mc Carthy this year,â€ added Tracey.