There's no denying that 18 year old Chloe Dempsey, winner of this year's Youghal Queen of the Sea Festival, is absolutely stunning. However, the external beauty is enhanced by the bright, charming, intelligent, funny girl shining through. As she spoke with The East Cork Journal, it was evident that she is destined for great things. She manages to have both a bubbly personality, quiet confidence and, all in all, just a lovely way about her. “I was delighted when Gráinne at Tangled asked me to represent them at the Festival. I get my hair done there all the time so it felt nice to be able to do something for them. I was fairly nervous though!” Daunting to say the least, for anyone to be interviewed one to one and then have to face an audience of locals and speak in public.
Having just completed her Leaving Cert, it's now an anxious wait for Chloe and her school friends as results day on August 15 approaches. Chloe's plans to move to Limerick in September to pursue a college degree and H-Dip in secondary teaching, specialising in Irish and Geography. “It'll take 6 years in all,” she said “if I get the points I need. One of my friends since childhood, Lizzie Perry is going too which is great. Right now, we're looking forward to our Graduation on August 9. My date is another best friend, Tiernan McCarthy”.
As she prepares to represent all that is young and talented in Youghal over the next year as Queen of the Sea, Chloe's first official duty is to attend an event in Green Park on August 8 in aid of cancer. “It's a great cause”, said Chloe, “I'm delighted to go and be a part of it”. Her win at the Festival includes a cash prize of €500 and automatic entry into the Cork Rose of Tralee competition.
Chloe Dempsey is a credit to her family and community and we, at the East Cork Journal, wish her every success in the future and a great reign as Youghal's Queen of the Sea.