Sunday 6th of August to Sunday 13th of August 2017 2014/15 Maidens

Doire Finn - Derry Maiden

Sponsored by Pizza Point

Doire attended Sacred Heart Grammar School Newry and left with A levels in Politics, Drama and French. She currently works in Lush fresh handmade cosmetics and will be studying for a Degree in International Politics and Conflict Studies in September. Doire takes a keen interest in Drama and is an active member of Newpoint Drama Group

Zoe Rowland - Newry Maiden

Sponsored by Buttercrane Shopping Centre

Zoe attended St. Clare’s Primary School followed by Sacred Heart Grammar School in Newry, she later went on to study Accounting in Queens Univeristy Belfast and undertook a years placement with local company First Derivatives. Zoe recently graduated from Queens and currently works in Centra where she has worked for over 8 years. In September Zoe commences work with KPMG Belfast where she will train to become a Chartered Accountant.

Danielle McArdle - Dromintee Maiden

Sponsored by The Whistledown Hotel

Danielle is currently completing her second year studying Hairdressing in the SRC and has previously completed Beauty Therapy level two.

Danielle aspires to one day have her own hair salon.

Ernesta Vegyte - Lithuanian Maiden

Sponsored by the Marine Tavern

Ernesta has been living in Ireland for almost 13 years and works as a part time model. She is currently studying in the Southern Regional College as a Beauty Therapist and hopes to pursue this as a career in the future. Ernesta was honoured to be chosen as the first Lithuanian Maiden.

Kimberley O’Hare - Warrenpoint Maiden

Sponsored by Warrenpoint Harbour Authority

Kimberley has recently completed a btec extended diploma in Business Studies in the Southern Regional College and has also graduated from the Career Academy in Business and Finance in Stormont. Kim is also about to commence a degree in Communications, Advertising and Marketing at the University of Ulster Jordanstown. Kim’s hobbies include art and design and jewellery making

Jayleigh Jensen - Southern Pines Maiden

Sponsored by The Genoa

Jaleigh lives in Whispering Pines, North Carolina with her parents and younger brother. In May of 2014, Jaleigh graduated with honours and the top 10% of her class, from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines. Jaleigh has been recognised as a natural leader among her peers and has served as the President of the North Carolina Lutheran Youth Organisation, Vice President of the Student Body at Pinecrest High School and Varsity captain of the Cross Country and Track Teams. Jaleigh has also led the “Special Olympics” games in the Southern Pines community for four years and drafted a program called “Lunch Buddies”. She was also the recipient of the United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award. Jaleigh will major in Communications at Appalachian State University starting in the fall and has aspirations of becoming a reporter for a major news network.

Torri Santander - San Diego Maiden

Sponsored by Diamonds

Torri is 22 years old and was born and raised in San Diego and is blessed with Irish heritage from her mother. Torri has graduated from San Diego State University with a Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. She has a passion for helping others, specifically children getting started with reading. Torri has spent over 4 years fundraising to give underprivileged kids their first books and also created programs at elementary schools for kids to get excited about reading. Torri also manages a bar/restaurant in downtown and loves working with people and meeting new people

Alannah McLoughlin - Burren Maiden

Sponsored by McAnultys Coaches

Alannah has ambitions of becoming a nurse and in September of this year she will be commencing a course at the Southern Regional College.

Alannah enjoys socialising with friends and family in her spare time and her hobbies and interests include swimming and running.

Claire Mc Cabe - Rostrevor Maiden

Sponsored by The Balmoral

Claire has just recently finished her 7 years in St. Mary’s High School Newry and next year will study Beauty Therapy in the hope of going on to study Fashion, Special Effects and Theatrical Make-up in Dublin. Claire has achieved many awards in gymnastics and has also completed her grades in dancing. In addition Claire has also achieved grade 4 in violin and piano.

Margaret Murphy - Killeavy Maiden

Sponsored by Bell’s Dizzylands Funfairs

Margaret has just finished her Music Degree at Queen’s University Belfast. Margaret is a classically trained singer and also plays the Piano. Margaret also takes workshops for young children and work with the elderly and those with mental difficulties on a daily basis, planning activities and days out.

Shaneen Doran - Teen Maiden

Shaneen is attending St Marks High school at the moment, and is going into her final year of her GCSE'S and she wants to stay on in school to do A levels and get into university. She has a keen interest in competitive dance, and would maybe like to teach a variety of dance some day. In her spare time she loves to go running and hang out with her friends.