Laois native takes top prize at Macra’s Mr. Personality Festival

The ‘Mr. Personality Festival’ took place in Kilkenny over the weekend – in what is a popular event for young farmers from around the country – with a number of young rural-dwellers competing for the top prize.

The festival was hosted by Kilkenny Macra na Feirme and sponsored by Kilkenny, Carlow and District Farm Relief Services.

A total of 29 contestants from all over Ireland travelled to Kilkenny for a jam-packed weekend where they were interviewed on stage, completed challenges and were interviewed by the three judges – Claire Brennan, Carmel Brennan and John Nolan.

On Friday night the contestants were interviewed on stage by MC Shane O’Keeffe; this was followed on Saturday by challenges where the 29 contestants battled it in a bowling contest.

After lunch, the individual interviews took place, where the competitors were quizzed by the judges on a range of topics.

‘Very high standard’

Before commencement of the Informal Banquet – which was attended by over 300 people – each participant was presented with their memento of the weekend by George Collier, from Kilkenny, Carlow and District Farm Relief Services.

All three judges were in agreement that there was a very high standard of entrants and they had represented their clubs and counties well.

The result was announced at 12:00am on Saturday night, with Anthony Culleton from Co. Laois becoming the 13th Mr. Personality.

Anthony was presented with a €500 cheque, a perpetual trophy and a weekend break in the Springhill Court Hotel, Co. Kilkenny.

Top 3

Anthony is from Camross and is a 32-year-old sawmill operative. Currently the vice chairperson for Camross Macra, he has been active in a host of Macra events and competitions this year at county level and beyond including: debating; public speaking; beef stockjudging; and indoor soccer, among others.

In second place was Barry Walsh from Carbery, Co. Cork; the 23-year-old farmer from Ballinascarthy Macra received a trophy and a cheque for €300.

Representing north Tipperary, Conor Keating took third prize on the night. Conor is a 28-year-old farmer and construction worker, as well as an active member of Nenagh Macra. He was presented with a trophy and €200.