Ursula Savage crowned ‘Belle of South Armagh’
Hundreds of local people attended the final of “The Belle of South Armagh” at the Carrickdale Hotel last weekend which saw MC Barry McElduff expertly guide 9 Belles through their interviews and performance before the judges finally named Ursula Savage from Belleek as the winner.
Ursula, 22 years of age, is currently finishing a Masters course in Legislative Studies and Practice at Queens University Belfast. She is a fluent Irish speaker, an Irish dancer and she plays the fiddle.
Ursula won the title prize of a trip to New York and will be representing South Armagh in NYCs famous St Patrick’s Day parade. Best Escort on the night and winner of 2 All Ireland tickets was Martin Boyle from Belleek GAC.
The event featured a special performance from the Rooney/O Malley School of dancers and finished very aptly with an impromptu traditional music session lead by the Belles.
Chairman of Belleek GAC Jodi McCreesh praised all those who were involved in the event which was designed to showcase the history, sport and musical culture of South Armagh.
“All the Belles and Escorts presented themselves so well and were wonderful ambassadors for their areas. It was a fantastic event and I’d like to thank Barry McElduff for making the night so memorable and enjoyable for everyone who attended.
“A very special word of thanks to our judging panel Paul Doughan, Charlie Smith, Lynda Strain, and 2012 Belle of South Armagh Briege Rice. A special thanks also to all our sponsors.
McCreesh added, “The committee have been involved in planning this event for the last 12 months – so I’s also like to publicly offer a big thank you to all the committee members.”
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