Belleek GAC launch ‘Belle of South Armagh’ Fundraiser

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
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Following the success of the inaugural Belle of South Armagh last year, the committee of Belleeks GAC are gearing up for another whirlwind event which will see the reining Belle, Dromintee’s Briege Rice, hand over the mantle to another young South Armagh woman.

Frances Murphy, Secretary Belleek GAC, Briege Rice, current Belle of South Armagh, Linda Strain, judge and Belleek GAC Club Chairman Jodi McCreesh

The event is designed to celebrate the positive history of arts, song, sports, music and culture associated with the South Armagh region and 13 entries will be selected to represent the counties in the area. 13 Escorts will accompany the ladies on the night. This year the committee are inviting applications through a Facebook App developed specially for the event. The final Belle chosen will win tickets for two and accommodation for 3 days in New York for St Patrick’s Day where the Belle will represent South Armagh in the NYC parade. The best escort will be awarded with two tickets to the all Ireland with overnight accommodation. Secretary of Belleek Laurence O Tooles GAC, Frances Murphy said, “Last year proved to be a wonderful night and a great celebration of our communities, football clubs and county heritage. “The young women and men who participated made us all feel very proud of our area and we had a wonderful winner in Briege Rice. This year we’ve ambitions to create an even bigger event and we’re inviting all local communities to get involved and support their local ‘Belles’.” The judging panel have been confirmed as Paul Doughan – Chairperson, Armagh Co Board, Charlie Smith, Linda Strain, Slieve Gullion Springs and Breige Rice – last year’s winning Belle. Commenting on her experience, Briege said she was ‘honoured’ to be the first recipient of the title. “I represented my beloved Dromintee football club in what was our 125th anniversary so it was a great privilege. “There are so many other ladies throughout South Armagh who I know have the same pride for their own clubs and community. The ‘Belle of South Armagh’ is a great event filled with music, song, dance and craic. “I would recommend to all the ‘Belles’ across South Armagh who play for and represent their clubs on a daily basis, to get involved in what is a fun-filled, enjoyable, and sporting occasion,” Briege added. Entries are invited now via Facebook. The initial applications will be accessed and semi finalists will be invited to a special selection event next month where 13 finalists will be chosen to go forward to take their place at the final on 22nd September, Carrickdale Hotel.
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