Killeavy Maiden crowned 2014 Maiden of the Mournes

August 18, 2014

There were scenes of jubilation last Sunday night as Killeavy Maiden, Margaret Murphy was crowned the new Maiden of the Mournes 2014.

The 23 year old Music graduate from Dromintee was thrilled to receive the title after being unknowingly entered into the competition by her brother.

“My brother had entered me for the competition without telling me and the first I knew about it was when he told me I had to go down for an interview in Warrenpoint, so I didn’t really get a chance to take it all in!” says Margaret.

After her successful initial interview, Margaret and the rest of the Maidens were accommodated in Warrenpoint’s Old Ship Inn apartments for a busy week of civic receptions, photocalls and interviews with judges ahead of the glittering crowning ceremony which took place last Sunday 10th August.

Sunday night’s stage interviews and party pieces sealed the deal for Margaret as the classically trained singer stole the show with her sparkling personality and beautiful rendition of classic love song “Caledonia”, clinching the 2014 Maiden of the Mournes title.

“It’s all gone so fast and I’m still just overwhelmed that I won,” says the jubilant Killeavy Maiden who has had a busy first week as the new Maiden, culminating in her first official engagement as the newly crowned Maiden of the Mournes at Warrenpoint fun day yesterday.

Margaret, who works as an Activities Co-ordinator at Ardmaine Care Home in Newry and also teaches music workshops and piano lessons,  has not forgotten the support she received over the last few weeks and paid special tribute to her “wonderful family and friends” including her mum Fiona, brothers Francis and Ciaran and sister Grainne and especially her proud Grandad, who, as a Warrenpoint native, is “proud as punch” of his talented granddaughter.

The new maiden also made special mention of her sponsors, Dizzylands Amusements, Full a Beans for looking after the maidens every morning for breakfast, Diamonds Restaurant, The Whistledown and the Lough and Quay for all the evening meals provided for the ladies and the Maiden of the Mournes’ committee for taking such good care of the contestants throughout the week, especially Eamon and Catherine Lyonshall.

“I’m still in shock that I’ve managed to win as all the other girls were so deserving of the title but I’m really looking forward to my year as Maiden of the Mournes and all the new, exciting experiences that will bring,” says Margaret.