Crossabeg queen takes home her crown

By Amy Lewis

Published 14/07/2015 | 00:00

Justyna Kowaska, Festival Queen, with judges Ann O'Neill and Mary Doyle.
Justyna Kowaska, Festival Queen, with judges Ann O'Neill and Mary Doyle.
Piper Hamish Stewart leads the queens in a horse drawn carriage.
Sadie Murphy and Aidan Egan

It may have been a stormy evening but that didn't dampen the spirits of those at the Crossabeg Homecoming event.

The weather certainly wasn't on the mind of Justina Kowlska, who was crowned this year's Crossabeg Festival Queen. According to Mary Quinn, secretary of the festival, the schoolteacher from Poland was a deserving winner.

'She looked beautiful and was a really pleasant lady,' she said.

The festival queen contest is one of the highlights of the weeklong event and this year, it was judged by stylist Ann O'Neill from Ballymurn and former nurse Mary Doyle from The Ballagh.

The contestants arrived in a horse-drawn carriage, led by the pipe-playing of Hamish Stewart from Oulart. There were also 22 musicians at the event who entertained the crowd with some traditional music.

Justina wasn't the only winner of the evening. Edel Harrison from Crossabeg was the winner of the period dress competition, while Ella O' Connor from Kilpatrick won first prize in the raffle.

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