06 Oct 2022

Louth's entrant to the Nose of Tralee pet competition a 10-month-old kitten from Dundalk

Winny McFloof is a 10-month-old kitty that was born to a stray cat

Winny McFloof

Winny McFloof

Despite the cancellation of the Rose of Tralee for the second year running, Louth is currently in contention for the Pet Sitters Ireland Nose of Tralee competition.

The competition, which is now in its eighth year, sees pets from across the country compete for the title of Nose of Tralee, alongside vouchers and other perks.

Currently, the entry for Louth is a 10-month-old kitten named Winny McFloof from Dundalk.

Winny was born to the Nulty family in Dundalk last October, from a stray cat who the family rescued.

According to Ursula Doris, Winny is one of five rescued cats who are part of the Nulty family.

Winny’s owner, 11-year-old Ryan Nulty encouraged the people of Dundalk and Louth to vote for Winny in the Nose of Tralee to make her the first cat to win the competition.

“Please vote for Winny McFloof, it would be so cool to bring the crown home to Dundalk,” said Ryan.

“She’s one of only two pussy cats in the competition and she’s up against 30 dogs.

“She is very cute and loves being carried outside to see the bumblebees.”

Louth's Nose of Tralee entrant for 2021

Ryan said that Winny has an interesting nickname, the Strawberry Alarm Clock due to her tendencies of waking the family up early in the morning.

“Her nickname is the Strawberry Alarm Clock because she wakes my dad at 4am roaring like a lion,” said Ryan.

“She also purrs like a tractor and she is the best kitten for a bit of craic.

“It makes me laugh when she jumps on top of the doors and her favourite toy is a mouse on a wand.”

Ursula said that Winny winning the competition would make her the poster cat for stray animals across Ireland.

“Winnie McFloof wants to prove that you don’t have to be a pedigree to be a winner, and the wee stray moggy from Dundalk hoes her dreams can come true.”

Ursula also encouraged people to adopt and not shop when searching for a pet.

“Come on Winny, come on da town, up the Wee County,” said Ursula.

People interested in voting in the competition can do so at, and are able to vote once every 24 hours.

To continue reading this article,
please subscribe and support local journalism!

Subscribing will allow you access to all of our premium content and archived articles.


To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.