Thursday 29 September 2016

Competition heats up ahead of Miss Ireland final tonight

Sharon McGowan

Published 28/08/2015 | 08:44

(Left to right) Nicola Kellen, Aoife O'Sullivan, Demi O'Hara,Gillian Forde and Natasha McFadden pictured when the finalists in this years Miss Ireland 2015
(Left to right) Nicola Kellen, Aoife O'Sullivan, Demi O'Hara,Gillian Forde and Natasha McFadden pictured when the finalists in this years Miss Ireland 2015
(Left to Right) Sacha Livingston, Michaela O'Neill, Rosalyn Odujebe, Amanda Brady and Elaine Galvin pictured when the finalists in this year's Miss Ireland 2015. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Miss Cork South Aoife O'Sullivan pictured when the finalists in this year'a Miss Ireland 2015

Dressed to the nines and showing off their biggest smiles, 32 beauties are set to battle it out for the Miss Ireland crown tonight.

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Young women from across the country will go head to head at this evening’s contest at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry. The winner will take over the title from 2014 winner Jessica Hayes and represent Ireland in the Miss World pageant in China later this year.

Five of the girls vying to be named this year’s Miss Ireland are representing Dublin – Miss Buck Whaleys Michaela O’Neill, Miss Dublin South Aislinn Maxwell, Miss Dublin West Colleen O’Reilly, Miss Irish Motorbike Show Andrea Rooney and Miss Wrights Eve Ryan.

Although she’s representing Limerick, law graduate Roisin Cahill (22) has some strong ties to the capital.

(Left to Right) Sacha Livingston, Michaela O'Neill, Rosalyn Odujebe, Amanda Brady and Elaine Galvin pictured when the finalists in this year's Miss Ireland 2015. Picture: Brian McEvoy
(Left to Right) Sacha Livingston, Michaela O'Neill, Rosalyn Odujebe, Amanda Brady and Elaine Galvin pictured when the finalists in this year's Miss Ireland 2015. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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She’s a great granddaughter of Alfie Byrne – Dublin’s most famous Lord Mayor.

This year sees a change in the competition format as the infamous bikini round has been dropped in favour of a talent section.

Judges include ex-model Amanda Brunker and PR guru Valerie Roe.

Miss Cork South Aoife O'Sullivan pictured when the finalists in this year'a Miss Ireland 2015
Miss Cork South Aoife O'Sullivan pictured when the finalists in this year'a Miss Ireland 2015

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