The competition attracts a lot of attention every year, pictured (left) Anna May McHugh, managing direction of the National Ploughing Association and (right) model Rosanna Davidson
Kathleen Dillon-Byrne from Carlow is into the semi-finals of the National Brown Bread Competition, 2018
The regional competition was held earlier this month in An Grianan when the eight finalists were announced.
The contestants and their supporters came from all over the country.
Five Irish Countrywomen Association ladies were chosen to go forward to the finals of the competition and three ALDI winners who attended An Grianan too.
Kathleen Dillion-Byrne, Carlow Federation
Mary Kennedy, Clare Federation
Vivienne Rigley, Laois Federation
Liz Brady, Longford Federation
Mary O’Neill, Wicklow Federation
Samara Ward – Co. Donegal
Blaithin Herbert – Co. Limerick
Emma Ferguson., Co. Meath
The semi-finals of the competition will be held at the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Offaly on September 18 and 19 and the Grand Final will be held on Thursday September 20.
Liz Brady, Mary Kennedy, Mary O’Neill and Samara Ward will bake on Tuesday Septtember 18.
Kathleen Dillon-Byrne, Emma Ferguson, Blaithin Herbert and Vivienne Rigley will bake on Wednesday September 19.
Two ladies from each day will go forward to the Grand Final on Thursday September 20.