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Twelve ladies in the running for Carlingford Oyster Pearl title

Twelve ladies in the running for Carlingford Oyster Pearl title

The famous Carlingford Oyster Festival has thrown the net out for the 2018 Morgan’s Fine Fish Carlingford Oyster Peal and this year they have 12 beautiful girls taking part.

The festival, which promises five fun filled days from Thursday  9th to Monday 13th August, is looking forward to a packed programme of fun, delicious gastronomy and oyster pearl antics!

The well known ‘lovely girl’ competition that crowned over 30 pearls in its day and made many a mammy cry with pride, is polishing up the crown ready for the 2018 pearl.

Participants should prepare for tasks like lunch on Carlingford Lough, tractor riding at Carlingford Oyster Farm, baking for a charity guest tea, experiencing farm life at Carlingford Open Farm, water activities (courtesy of the Carlingford Adventure Centre), dining out in Carlingford’s award winning restaurants and whooping it up at the finale night at The Four Seasons Hotel Carlingford.

Twelve lucky women will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Carlingford Oyster Pearl winner Mary-Rose McCarragher (pictured above), who had nothing but praise for the event.

She said: “The 2017 Carlingford Oyster Pearl Competition was amazing. We had so much fun and laughed our way through most of it. We were treated so well and had a real sense of adding to the whole festival.

“I made so many new friends and actually in the end, winning was just the icing on the cake… although the €1000 prize was very nice,” said Mary-Rose.

Entrants this year are: Aoife Breen (sponsored by Studio 58), Bronagh Quinn (sponsored by Belles Tea Rooms), Georgia Hanlon (sponsored by James Hanlon), Jade McGowan (sponsored by Barnavave B&B), Joleen Matthews (sponsored by Beyond Beauty), Lauren McGrath (sponsored by Hanlon Transport), Leah Coyle (sponsored by The Four Seasons Hotel), Moya Loughran (sponsored by McD’s Painting and Decorating), Niamh Fergus (sponsored by The Lumpers), Orlaith Mulholland (sponsored by Kennedy’s Bar), Séana McGuigan (sponsored by Fergal McGuigan) and Zoe Martin (sponsored by Mise Beauty).

See profiles of the girls below…

Inside information says that bling with matching wellies remains a compulsory accessory for the festival Wellie Hunt and hair dressing skills may or may not be handy at the Pearl Sheep Shearing display.  This year brings a new challenge as the pearls will attend the teddy bear picnic in their lovely pyjamas accompanied by their favourite teddy!

The Oyster Pearl Winner will be crowned Morgan’s Fine Fish Carlingford Oyster Pearl 2018, receiving €1000 in cash (Sponsored By Morgan’s Fine Fish), one year’s membership to The Four Season’s, Leisure Centre, Carlingford, (Sponsored By The Four Seasons) and a beautiful unique hand crafted pearl necklace( Sponsored by Garrett Mallon, Carlingford Design House)

The full line-up for The Carlingford Oyster Festival can be found on

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