Clara’s Gemma is the bachelorette

THERE were winners galore at Thursday night’s Bachelor girl of the year competition in the Set Theatre, John Street, Kilkenny. The fun event raised over €4,000 for local charities.

THERE were winners galore at Thursday night’s Bachelor girl of the year competition in the Set Theatre, John Street, Kilkenny. The fun event raised over €4,000 for local charities.

In front of a capacity crowd, Clara girl Gemma Dowling was announced winner after a very close contest which saw seven girls compete to raise funds for the local Meals on Wheels and Kilkenny Azheimers Society.

Organised by Kilkenny Lions Club and Share if You Care, it was expertly overseen on the night by Brenda Glynn-Minion and her team of helpers. Each of the seven participants was introduced by M.C. George Candler and this was followed by a relaxed, light-hearted interview. Leasa Byrne, Charli Chaplin, Sinead de Butleir, Gemma Dowling, Tina Hoyne (biggest reaction from the crowd) , Lizzie Kavanagh and Breda Walsh each brought a large number of supporters to the event which created a fantastic atmosphere. The girls looked stunning.

The winner, Gemma Dowling was supported by Clara Camogie Club. She is a teacher in Carrigeen National School and her proud parents John and Patricia, along with other family members and friends, were there to see her declared as 2013 Bachelor Girl of the Year.

A portion of the funds raised is given to a charity nominated by the winner and Gemma has chosen St Patrick’s School, Kells Road, Kilkenny. Brenda Glynn-Minion, on behalf of Kilkenny Lions Club and Share if You Care, thanked all the participants. She also thanked the Langton family for their ongoing support of this annual event and Diageo for hosting the launch in the Cellar Bar, St Francis Abbey Brewery.