The Westmeath Bachelor Competition, one of the County’s most famous and recognisable events, is back under a new guise in 2020, and this time on a national and international level.
The organising committee are aiming to put St. Patrick’s Weekend in Mullingar firmly on the map nationally. The Competition Directors, Tomas and Niamh Nally, and Shane Barkey, have been in the planning stages of the show for over 8 months, and with the competition now officially launched and entries flooding in, this is proving to be a match made in Heaven.
The Westmeath Bachelor Competition will be the signature event of the proposed St.Patrick’s Weekend ‘Green Fest’, which they hope will become an annual attraction nationally. Building on the concept of the Mullingar Half Marathon being one of the first recognisable runs nationally, the team want to entice these visitors, and many more, to stay for the whole St. Patrick’s weekend, and make Mullingar the destination to be for the National Holiday.
The weekend will be kicked off on Friday 13th March, with The Westmeath Bachelor Competition and Ball, in The Mullingar Park Hotel. Saturday 14th of March will start with a Children’s Tea Party in Mary Street, Tug-o-War on Dominick Street, and Crowd Karaoke on The Market Square.
The National Day of St. Patrick will be marked with a firework display for everyone to enjoy. (All events are subject to the relevant permissions and licenses at this point). Speaking about The Westmeath Bachelor Competition itself, the organisers have pulled off quite a coup, by securing the judging panel of Louis Walsh, Anne Doyle, Brian Dowling, and Tara Farrell.
The organisers stated:
‘’Historically Ireland has looked to our female population to find an individual who is polished, poised, has a social conscience and is able to represent themselves on a national stage. Now it is the turn of the gentlemen to shine. This all-inclusive event naturally welcomes and invites men of all orientations and backgrounds to represent a new Ireland!’’
They are hoping to secure entrants from every County and abroad, who will then be whittled down to 12 of the finest eligible Bachelors, who will battle it out for the top prize of €2,000 worth of shopping in Mullingar, a holiday worth €1,000, €500 for their chosen charity, and the signature Westmeath Bachelor Trophy-piece, along with the title of Westmeath Bachelor 2020.
Not to be outdone, the ladies will also have a chance to impress on the night, as the organisers are seeking 12 female Chaperones to accompany the finalists, the best-dressed of these will also benefit from a hefty prize on the night.
Following the event itself, there will be a Black-Tie Ball, with dancing into the early hours continuing in the Mullingar Park Hotel.
With the addition of four of the biggest names in Irish Celeb circles as the judging panel, tickets for the event will be in great demand, all information for the competition, and Mullingar Green Fest Festival, can be found on the Bachelor Website – www.westmeathbachelorcompetition.ie.