Mountmellick’s Eoghan O’Neill was crowned Macra’s Mr Personality in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny, last weekend.
Eoghan beat off stiff competition from the 26 other contestants from all over Ireland to take the title. The 23-year-old cabinet maker was presented with a €500 cheque, a perpetual trophy and a weekend break in any of the Brennan Hotels.
The contestants were interviewed on stage with optional party piece, completed challenges and were interviewed by the three judges –Irene Maloney, former Munster Vice President of Macra, Clara Walsh, Midland 103 FM and John Nolan, Freshford Macra.
“I can’t sing, the dancing is a bit unsteady, so I told a short joke. It got a few laughs, I just hope they weren’t pity laughs,” the Mountmellick man said of his party piece.
“It was a great weekend overall. The judges were very friendly, you didn’t feel under pressure when you were being interviewed by them. In fact, some lads felt they didn’t have enough time with the judges.”
Eoghan said he was shocked when his name was called out on the stroke of midnight on Saturday night, but managed to hold back the tears.
“There was no tears, I held them back. I couldn’t let my dignity slip at that stage,” he laughs.
“I was shocked that I had won. It was only starting to sink in as people were congratulating me and we were having the pictures taken.”
Eoghan says there was great craic between all the contestants.
“For a day and a half we were thrown together, but we all gelled well. It wass great craic.”
Mr Personality was also grateful for the support of his fellow club members and other supporters in Kilkenny.
“I think half of Mountmellick was down in Kilkenny last Saturday night. I had great support from my own club, my family, my girlfriend Breda and other clubs in the county. The judges even mentioned all the support I had in my interview.”