Each year the Association invites Irish women 21-and-over to become Miss Shamrock Princesses. The princesses spend six weeks together selling buttons and spreading the Irish cheer. From these princesses, the Association chooses the year’s, Miss Shamrock. The princesses and Miss Shamrock spend the remainder of the year visiting area parades and festivals as representatives of the association.
Miss Shamrock is chosen by the members of the Association and crowned the week before Saint Patrick’s Day. Miss Shamrock is chosen based on her representation of the Association as a Miss Shamrock Princess. She has the honor of representing the Association in a variety of parades and cultural festivals throughout the year.
2020 Miss Shamrock: Zophia Raleigh
Zophia was born and raised in a suburb of Saint Paul. She attended the University of Minnesota and majored in Agriculture and works for Cargill as a Business Analyst. While in school, she studied abroad in Limerick, Ireland for a semester and was able to fully immerse herself in the Irish culture. In the summer you can find her at Irish cultural events, playing camogie, or frequenting one of the local Irish pubs. Zophia’s true passion is to share what it means to be proud of heritage and helping to bring the community together by making strong connections between people.