Locals triumph in Tullamore

LAOIS crossed the border to take some coveted Offaly crowns at the Tullamore Show. Borris-in-Ossory girl, Olivia Parlon won the Little Miss Offaly competition for the second year in a row at last Sunday’s show.

LAOIS crossed the border to take some coveted Offaly crowns at the Tullamore Show. Borris-in-Ossory girl, Olivia Parlon won the Little Miss Offaly competition for the second year in a row at last Sunday’s show.

Olivia impressed two different sets of judges two years in a row to win the title. With a rousing rendition of “Que Sera Sera” five year old Olivia won the audience over.

Her delighted mother Frances spoke to the Leinster Express. “We were thrilled with the double win. She won the Little Miss Ossory title at the Rathdowney Show recently,” she said. She added that Olivia loves performing for anyone who will stand and watch her. “She is very outgoing,” said Frances of the Ballaghmore Gaelscoil student.

Olivia was very happy when she heard her name called, she said. “She did well. She earned it,” said Frances.

Meanwhile, a Portarlington boy gave Justin Bieber a run for his money, and thereby earned himself the title of Little Mr Offaly. Four year old Baylee Hayden from Castlegate in Portarlington took cuteness to a new level and impressed the judges.

After giving a speech about his beloved Liverpool football team, he gave his own rendition of “Baby Baby” by Justin Bieber. “He loved being up on stage,” said his delighted father Barry. “He was really excited to win,” Barry added.

It seems performing is in the blood as Baylee is following in the footsteps of his sister Ella, who regularly features on TV3’s cookery slot alongside Barry himself. “It was good to see him winning,” said Barry.

Not to be outdone Oisin Birney from Cloncullen in Mountrath won the Bonny Baby title in a crowded field of 25 entrants, the maximum number permitted.

Six month old Oisin was dressed in Zara and Benneton clothes. His mother Eleanor Bagnell was delighted with his win. “Ten were selected to stay on and then the winner was chosen. We were thrilled,” said the proud mum.

Her daughter Aoibheann, aged five, spoke to compere Ann Corcoran about her little brother. No stranger to the spotlight, Aoibheann is a former winner of the Tullamore show Bonny Baby competition having won the title herself in 2006.

“She’s delighted. She is mad about him,” said Eleanor about Aoibheann. The prize was a sitting portrait with local photographer Joe O’Sullivan.