Monday 5 December 2016

#FlashbackFriday: This is what Miss Universe Ireland looked like in 2008

Published 16/10/2015 | 13:44

Miss Universe Ireland contestants 2008
Miss Universe Ireland contestants 2008
Miss Universe Ireland contestants 2008
Miss Universe Ireland was won by 20 year-old Dubliner Lynn Kelly in 2008, pictured with Caprice and Alan Hughes
Runner Up, Lorraine Turner, Julie Kavanagh, Runner Up, Lynn Kelly at Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Lorraine Turner competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Samantha Stacey competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Lynn Kelly and Rosanna Davison
Nadia Forde competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Lynn Kelly competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Louise Kavanagh
Kerri Ingram Walpole competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Julie Kavanagh competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Hazel O'Sullivan competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Emma Harte competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Elaine Crowley at Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Ciara Shiggins competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Ciara Hughes competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Caprice hosted Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Andrea Roche organised Miss Universe Ireland 2008
Aisling Byrne competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008

The first Miss Universe Ireland kicked off to much fanfare in 2008.

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After years of shipping the same Miss Ireland winner to compete at both Miss Universe and Miss World, the ever entrepreneurial Andrea Roche spotted an opportunity and went with it. As a former title holder (she was a top 10 finalist at Miss Universe in 1998) she knew better than anyone exactly what was expected of aspiring beauty queens.

While then unknown model Lynn Kelly would eventually take home the title, it launched the career of many a top model during the Celtic Tiger hangover that was Dublin in the late noughties.

The girls filled the gossip pages and former model Caprice was brought in to MC the festivities alongside TV3’s Alan Hughes which was aired on the network.

Miss Universe Ireland contestants 2008
Miss Universe Ireland contestants 2008
Nadia Forde competed for Miss Universe Ireland 2008

The judges included former Miss World Rosanna Davison and  tv personality Brendan O’Connor among others.

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