Sunday 12th of August to Sunday 19th of August 2018 2015/16 Maidens

Lucy Cerys Gwillim Welsh Maiden Sponsored by the Whistledown

Lucy is currently studying Travel and Tourism in the Southern Regional College and has aspirations to travel around the world. Lucy takes a keen interest in both dancing and drama; she is an active member of Warrenpoint Dance Studio and has performed in the Warrenpoint Pantomime for over 10 years.  Lucy recently participated in a show called “A Night At The Musicals” in the Grand Opera House in Belfast with the National Stage School.

Anna Rose Heatley Warrenpoint Maiden Sponsored by the Marine Tavern

Anna actively participates in local Drama Societies including Newpoint Players and Warrenpoint Pantomime. She has received awards in Stage Management and Lighting, which led to a Scholarship with Edge Hill University where she studies Stage Design.

Catalina Spinu Italian Maiden Sponsored by the Genoa

Catalina is 26 years old and studied Nursing at University in Ancona (Universita Politecniche Delle Marche)

Sofya Natarova Russian Maiden Sponsored by Friar Tucks (Winner of the 2015/16 contest)

Sofya has a passion for languages and studied both Russian and English at University and is now qualified to teach English, Russian and Literature. She first visited Ireland in 2007 and is currently working with Newry, Mourne and Down Council as an Ethnic Minorities Support Officer.

Jenna Carvill Down Maiden Sponsored by the Buttercrane Shopping Centre

Jenna currently works as a Special Educational Needs Classroom Assistant in St. Mary’s High School in Newry. Outside of work she enjoys socialising with friends and family, reading and watching T.V. and films. Jenna has previously taken part in the Festival and was named Little Miss Maiden in 1997

Stephanie Morgan Louth Maiden Sponsored by McAnultys Coaches

Stephanie recently graduated with a 2:1 in BA Liberal Arts with Religious Studies at St. Mary’s College, Belfast. She hopes to continue her studies with a PGCE in St. Mary’s Twickenham, London. Stephanie enjoys socialising with friends and walking on the new greenway from Omeath to Carlingford. She also enjoys going to the leisure complex in the Four Seasons in Carlingford and works part time in the Canal Court Hotel as a Silver Service Waitress.

Grace Ferris Armagh Maiden Sponsored by Mille Fiori

Grace is currently studying her A Levels in the Sacred Heart Grammar School in Newry and hopes to go on to University. Grace loves sports in particular football and horse riding and plays for Carrickcruppen GAC in Camlough. She has also played for Armagh at Under 16 and Minor levels. Grace has also competed in show-jumping competitions and has previously won the Newry show with her pony Mel. She is also currently completing her Gold President’s Award having completed the Bronze and Silver Awards.

Hannah O’Donoghue Pittsburgh Maiden Sponsored by the Balmoral

Hannah has just concluded her sophomore year at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where she studies Marketing. Hannah regularly volunteers and has worked with Miracle League where she was a buddy to people with disabilities, helping them to play baseball.  As well as having donated funds to the Humane Society Animal Charity through her personal custom made scarf business, she has raised over $1,000 for the Cole Patrick Grinnen Foundation

Chelsey Nieman San Diego Maiden Sponsored by Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Chelsey has recently earned a Master’s Degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. Her hobbies include sailing, surfing and diving on the Southern California Coast. She is a certified rescue diver and also volunteers with the Birch Aquarium on their educational programs for both adults and youths. Chelsey is an avid sailor and has even sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2010. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, trekking and camping. Chelsey also has a passion for music and dance and is trained in classical ballet as well as jazz and modern dance.

Mikayla Ceraso Southern Pines Maiden Sponsored by Diamonds

Mikayla takes a keen interest in music and performing and has played the guitar for seven years and the piano for five. She attends the College of Charleston and is a sister of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and a Double Major in Arts Management and Marketing with a concentration in Music. In High School Mikayla was Cheer Captain and on the squad all four years, as well as Yearbook Editor, a member of Key Club and the National Honour Society.

Natalia Bursiewicz Carlow Maiden Sponsored by Bell’s Dizzylands Funfairs

Natalia is 21 years old and is originally from Poland. Natalia moved to Ireland in 2007 and is currently studying accountancy at IT Carlow. In her spare time Natalia enjoys going for walks.

Teen Maiden - Grainne Dowdall from Bessbrook

Grainne is 15 and currently studying in St. Pauls High School Bessbrook. In her spare time Grainne enjoys socialising with friends and family and one day hopes to go on and represent Armagh/Bessbrook as a senior Maiden.