Kerry Man crowned the 17th Mr Personality

Kerry Man crowned the 17th Mr Personality

Mr Personality 2024 - Kerry

The annual Mr. Personality Festival took place in the Talbot Hotel Clonmel on the 5th and 6th of April 2024, where Mark Riordan took home the cup back to Kerry. The festival was hosted by Kilkenny Macra and kindly sponsored by Kilkenny/Carlow and District FRS.

25 contestants travelled from across the country to Clonmel for a fun-filled weekend!  On Friday afternoon, they all enjoyed a tour of Coolmore Stud, which was followed by interviews on stage with MC Michelle Heffernan of ‘Beat 102/103’. Mark like the other contestants entertained the audience with stories about an embarrassing moment and hobbies and interests but Mark also displayed his singing talents for the judges with a rendition of ‘Will you go, Lassie go’.

On Saturday morning all the contestants had their private interview with the judges for this year’s festival who were – Sarah McIntosh (Irish Country Living), Martin Merrick (Irish Farmers Journal) & Liam Comerford (Former Mr Personality Festival Chair). After the interviews they all had an opportunity to show off their jiving skills with Niall Doorhy before heading into the final part of the judging process, the Team building.

The results were announced at midnight on Saturday night after a sold-out Banquet Dinner Dance with entertainment from Hypnotist, Jason O’Callaghan and music by ‘The Loose Cannons’.

In second place was Stephen Murray from Scotstown Macra (Monaghan) and third place was Michéal Kilheeny from Mountmellick Macra (Laois).

When Marks name was called out as the winner, the crowd broke out in a massive cheer with Kerry flags and posters popping up across the room. Mark came up on stage and gave a powerful speech showing just how proud and shocked he was to be crowned this year’s Mr Personality.

Mark told the crowd “We might be going through a hard time at the moment in farming, but it can only get better and remember to talk to one another and help is always there for you”.

After the festival, talking to Elaine Houlihan the Macra President, she said “It was great to attend a jam-packed festival in our organisation for both the contestants and supporters. All the contests were worthy winners but one had to be crowded the overall winner which was Mark Riordan, and I am sure he will be a great ambassador for the festivals and Macra as a whole. Well done to the committee for all their work making this festival happen”.

Festival Chairperson and Kilkenny Macra member Christine O’Neill is thrilled at how the weekend went, “After months of planning it was great to see so many people attend this year’s Festival in Clonmel, I would like to thank all the contestants for their participation this year and I look forward to working with Mark over the next year as the new Mr Personality 2024”.