Sunday 12th of August to Sunday 19th of August 2018 2016/17 Maidens

Cliodhna Malone - Newry Maiden Sponsored by Buttercrane Shopping Centre

Cliodhna is 19 years old and is currently studying Law at Queen’s University in Belfast. Cliodhna has previously taken part in “The Ultimate Beauty of UK and Ireland” and has raised a substantial amount of money for both Habitat for Humanity and the Make a Wish Foundation. In her spare time Cliodhna enjoys exercising and keeping fit and in 2014 she qualified for the All Ireland Athletic Championships.

Kayleigh Moran - Louth Maiden Sponsored by McAnultys Yellow Line Coach Hire

Kayleigh is 18 years old and takes a keen interest in travel and is due to commence her studies in Travel and Tourism in September. In her spare time she enjoys reading and her favourite book is “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. Kayleigh also takes an interest in sport and previously played Gaelic football for Clan Na Gael Gaelic Football Club.

Sheldon Koppenhofer - Southern Pines Maiden Sponsored by Newry, Mourne & Down District Council

Sheldon is 20 years old and is currently studying a Degree in English and Journalism at NC State University. Sheldon enjoys reading and writing and was the founding President of a book club at Union Pines High School. Sheldon enjoys writing short stories and poetry and in her spare time she enjoys watching NC State Basketball and spending time with friends and family.

Kerrie O’Connor - Down Maiden Sponsored by Friar Tucks

Kerrie is 25 years old and moved to Warrenpoint with her family when she was just three years old. Growing up Kerrie always wanted to be a Beautician and when she was 17 she joined Younique College of Beauty and Holistics. Having completed her exams Kerrie’s mind then turned to travel and she then spent a year in Italy working as an Au Pair, helping children learn English. Kerrie is currently working for Kelly’s Building Supplies having returned home from her travels.

Anna O’Neill  - Armagh Maiden Sponsored by Mourne Office Supplies and Clanmour

Anna is 18 years old and takes a keen interest in sport, particularly Camogie and Football and assists with underage training. At present Anna is currently undertaking a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and aspires to be a children’s nurse one day. Anna enjoys travelling and spending time with her friends and family.

Grace Somerville - Warrenpoint Maiden Sponsored by the Marine Tavern

Grace is 22 years old and has just completed her 3rd year of her Degree in Primary Education Specialising in Music at St. Mary’s University College Belfast. An accomplished musician Grace plays both the flute and the piano and was previously a member of the South Ulster Youth Orchestra as well as the founding member of the Mary Queen of Peace Junior Choir.

Cloda Scanlon Tipperary - Maiden Sponsored by Diamonds Restaurant

Cloda is 19 years old and loves all things fashion, beauty and writing and two years ago set up her own blog called Orange Obviously. A talented singer, performer and guitar teacher, Cloda has also participated in numerous singing contests. Cloda also takes a keen interest in sports and fitness and plays Camogie for her local team, Borrisoleigh and in October she is due to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the Irish Cancer Society.

Samantha Bonner - San Diego Maiden Sponsored by The Balmoral Hotel

Samantha is 22 years old and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s of Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Samantha enjoys hiking, running, baking and volunteering. Some of the voluntary organisations Samantha works with include Mama’s Kitchen, the YMCA, the American Red Cross and the Irish Congress.

Fiona Connolly - Pittsburgh Maiden Sponsored by The Genoa

Fiona is enrolled at Duquesne University’s Mylan School of Pharmacy and is expected to graduate in 2019. She has previously studied in Ireland and has attended the University of Dublin. Fiona is on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Gaelic Athletic Association and serves as the Public Relations Officer. She is also a member of the Pittsburgh Banshees Ladies Gaelic Football Team. Fiona also enjoys volunteering and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Rachael Beattie - Wexford Maiden sponsored by the Whistledown Hotel

Rachael is 21 years old and is due to commence her fourth year of College at Marino Institute of Education, where she is studying to be a Primary School Teacher. Rachael particularly enjoys teaching children with special educational needs and this is something she hopes to specialise in throughout her fourth year of College. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with friends and family and listening to music