Pride of Tipperary Megan Morrissey with her proud siblings, brother Jake and sister Amy.
The new Pride of Tipperary 2018/19 is the beautiful Megan Morrissey from Donaskeigh. Nine contestants attended many events over the two-week Pride festival that reached its pinnacle at the crowning of the new Pride during the It’s A Long Way to Tipperary Festival.
Twenty-one year old W.I.T. student Megan Morrissey was still in shock as she attended her first outing as Pride of Tipperary at the All-Ireland Churn Rolling Championship.
“I’m feeling really good but I’m still in shock because not for one moment did I feel I would be the Pride… I was waiting for someone else to be called and when Willie Bun announced that the winner was sponsored by Shane Kelly Pharmacy I was in bits.”
Megan was a popular choice with a large gathering of family members and friends and also support from Lattin GAA in the crowd.
During the Pride festival gala dinner, Megan recited a beautiful poem that she wrote to her mother Sandra Cotter who runs Enchanted Hair & Beauty Boutique (formerly Sophisticuts) in Tipperary Town. Sandra is obviously Megan’s rock and inspiration. “There are many people to thank, including Shane Kelly Pharmacy for sponsoring me, but I’d especially like to thank my mother... I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am without her.”
Megan’s stepfather John and her siblings Jake (8) and Amy (7) couldn’t contain their excitement for their big sis Megan as she posed for photographs after.
Earlier in the evening all the contestants took part in the Tipperary festival parade on the Main Street before being interviewed for the last time on stage by MC Willie Ryan Bun before the judges made their final decision. The large crowd of family and friends created an enjoyable and supportive atmosphere as each young lady displayed their charm and personality.
Megan will receive a cheque for €1000 sponsored by the Tipperary Racecourse Supporters club, the Linda O’Brien Perpetual Trophy, a keepsake trophy from Tipp Mid West Radio, 2-night B&B and evening meal in the Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, one-year membership to Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Dinner for Two and Afternoon Tea at Aherlow House Hotel, Reflexology treatments from the Tipperary School of Reflexology, Personal Training sessions with Joanne Hubbard, Platform Fitness Great National Ballykisteen Golf Hotel, and a 1-night B&B, luxurious facial and a pampering treatment at the Eco Spa Clonmel Park Hotel.
It is a tradition for the Pride of Tipperary to attend many events during the year and also to fundraise for their favourite charities. “From the moment I entered the Pride 2018 I wanted to support the Circle of Friends Cancer Care Centre in Tipperary,” said Megan. “We know so many people in the community who has been touched by cancer and everybody knows someone, so this would be my number one charity during my year as Pride as well as others.”
Louise O’Connell Chairperson of the Pride of Tipperary Committee 2018 wishes to thank all the main sponsors and all the individual sponsors of the Pride contestants as well as the hard-working committee. “It’s been a fantastic Pride of Tipperary festival and we all wish Megan the very best of luck in her year ahead as Pride and also wish the other contestants the best of luck in their endeavours.”