Dia duit ó Chontae na Gaillimhe! My name is Órla McDaid and a village called Craughwell is home. I am 24 and the eldest of five children. As my father is one of fourteen and my mother is one of thirteen, I have over sixty first cousins. Hailing from such a large family always increases my chances of the typical Irish phrase; ‘I know someone you know!’.
I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse and have cared for almost any animal you can think of … parrots, llamas and even tarantulas! I am currently undertaking a Professional Master of Education in NUIG. This will qualify me as a Biology and Agricultural Science teacher.
Agriculture is an important aspect of my life as I inherited a farm from my dear uncle in recent years. My family and I fundraise for the Irish Cancer Society each year in his memory. Finding my feet in the industry has been a challenging but rewarding experience and I hope to show other young women that it is entirely possible to wear both wellies and high heels!
Representing Galway is the privilege of a lifetime and I am delighted to be immersed in such a wonderful celebration of Irish heritage this year!