13 Aug 2022

Callan’s Avril to take part in International Miss Macra Festival


Avril Collins, of Callan Macra, is taking part in the International Miss Macra Festival

The 50th Anniversary International Miss Macra Festival takes place over the July bank holiday weekend - and Callan Macra is hoping to top the field - again!

Callan Macra’s Avril Collins will represent Kilkenny at this year’s festival, following in the successful footsteps of fellow Callan Macra member Josephine O’Neill who was crowned International Miss Macra in 2018.

Avril is the current County Kilkenny and Callan Club Chairperson. Her previous roles included Club PRO, County Vice-PRO and Vice-Secretary. Her involvement in Macra includes taking part in bowling, soccer, Gaelic football, volleyball, basketball, tag-rugby, public-speaking, novice debating, Capers and drama. Her hobbies include rugby, horse-riding and baking.

The International Miss Macra Festival was founded by Clonoulty Rossmore Macra, in Tipperary in 1972. It’s a personality competition which puts an emphasis on Macra; 35% of the marks are attributed to Macra knowledge and involvement. Each county executive is invited to select their representative. Kilkenny selected their representative for 2022 from members of clubs in Mullinavat, Kilkenny City, Callan and North Kilkenny.

The International Miss Macra festival is a three-day event which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (July 29th -31st).
Winner of the competition will be crowned following a gala dinner on the Sunday night.

50th Anniversary Reunion
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival. Kilkenny has won the crown on three previous occasions, in 2000, 2005 and 2018. As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, Tipperary Cooperative are sponsoring a reunion lunch for previous winners on July 30th in the Anner Hotel.
Any previous winners who have not been contacted, please get in touch via email at or by phoning Edel (Festival Secretary) on 087-7546972

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