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Miss Cork

Published 04/07/2010 | 05:00

Maedhbh Kelly, 18, Montenotte, Cork city, psychology

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What are your hobbies and interests?

Fashion, reading, relaxing with friends, surfing.

Why should you be Miss Universe?

Because I'd represent my country perfectly -- I'm friendly, hard-working, honest and warm, just like any Irish person should be.

Physically, how would you rate yourself out of 10 and why?

Like most other girls it depends. On a bad day, I'd give myself a two, but on a good day I'd give myself an eight.

Do you have a boyfriend?

No.

What do you look for in a man?

Sense of humour is definitely the most important thing.

What is the most important thing you have learned in life?

To put yourself out there and make your own luck -- otherwise you'll just regret the opportunities that pass you by.

What Irish politician would you most rate?

To be honest, what little I hear about the Irish government is almost entirely negative, so I don't admire any of them in particular, although I wish I could say I did -- what Ireland needs is an Obama-type politician!

If you could implement one thing in this country to help us out of the recession what would it be?

I don't know much about economics, but it's pretty clear to everyone that there's no magic solution to Ireland's situation. I think the most helpful thing the Irish public can do is adjust to life without the Celtic Tiger, tighten our belts, and find a way to enjoy life without being so materialistic.

What's your ultimate dream?

To become a top criminal psychologist.

Why have you entered this competition?

Purely for the experience. It's not the kind of thing my family or friends would have expected me to do, but I just see participating in the competition as a cool thing to achieve over the summer.

If you were on a desert island and could bring three items, what would these be and why?

My iPod, because I couldn't live without music, a good book to pass the time and some factor 50, because Irish skin and sunshine do not mix.

Are you a good girlfriend?

I hope I am.

Would you consider yourself traditional in any way?

Although superficially I see myself as pretty modern, I would like to think I also hold some traditional moral values. For example, I believe family is extremely important, and I can't imagine not having them with me to share all my achievements in life.

If you were to have plastic surgery what would you have done?

I don't think plastic surgery is something I would ever consider.

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