Anne Doyle and Louis Walsh.

Louis Walsh and Anne Doyle aim to find Ireland’s Bachelor of the year

Calling all single men! Anne Doyle and Louis Walsh are on the hunt for Ireland’s most eligible bachelor.

The Westmeath Bachelor Competition 2024 takes place in Mullingar on Friday 2 August and applications to take part are now open.

It’s time for the men of Ireland to step into the spotlight and show the nation they have what it takes to be the face of Ireland’s modern man!

Age is not a barrier once you are over 18, a good head of hair and your own teeth are preferable but not necessary!

And no better person to judge the contestants than a veteran of spotting talent, returning judge Louis Walsh.

Back with the maestro on the panel is Anne Doyle.

Last year this judging duo were joined by celebrity couple Pippa and Brian Ormond as guest judges.

Last year’s bachelor finalists were whittled down from hundreds of entrants who had to undergo rigorous questioning from the celeb judging panel, as well as perform their talent pieces.

In what was a tense, 29-year-old Westmeath man Ciaran Clarke was crowned winner after impressing the judges and wowing the audience with a self-penned song which he performed on guitar and harmonica.

Despite the intense competition, the judges were unanimous in their choice of winner, who won them over with his charisma and captivating performance, and he was an equally popular choice with the audience, who couldn’t get enough of him!

Along with the title of Westmeath Bachelor, the winner receives an all-inclusive holiday, a new wardrobe and a cash donation to his chosen charity.

Other Westmeath Bachelor Festival weekend news…

Friday 2 August: The Bachelor Barndance and Hoedown with the best of Ireland’s American country jive on show with vintage USA cars, rodeo bulls, the Garth Brooks tribute band and more.

Saturday 3 August: Some of the 90s biggest bands hit the stage to return the nostalgic disco hits to the dance floor.

Sunday 4 August: The Wolfe Tones, from promoters MCD. As part of their 60th anniversary tour, The Wolfe Tones play The Bachelor Dome tent in Blackhall car park with support from Gary O’Brien, Fieldsy, Some One’s Sons and George Murphy and the Rising Sons.

Wolfe Tones tickets go on sale on Friday 23 February 2024 at 9am.

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Ciaran Clarke from Rosemount won the 2023 Westmeath Bachelor Competition.