Meet the Tipperary beauty queen who nabbed the Miss Ireland title
Meet Miss Ireland 2016.
Miss Tipperary Niamh Kennedy beat out 33 other beauty queens from around the country for the coveted title in a glitzy ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry on Friday night.
The 20-year-old from Nenagh, has been working as a waitress and is a classically trained ballerina.
She will now represent Ireland at Miss World in Washington D.C. on December 19, following in the footsteps of previous title holders Sarah Morrissey, Aoife Cogan and Aoife Walsh.
As part of her prize, she has secured a modelling contract and a professional photoshoot. This year's pageant was the first time a swimwear round wasn't featured and instead included a talent portion, where Kennedy showcased her singing voice.
TV3 star Elaine Crowley and pageant organiser and stylist Brendan Marc Scully hosted the event, while singer Karl Day acted as interval entertainment.
Judges included talent agent Julian Benson, Bellamianta Tan CEO Linda Mc Namee, stylist Sonja Mohlich, Miss Ireland organiser Sean Montague and former winners Jessica Hayes and Anne Marie Gannon.
The pageant, which first began in 1947, is the longest running in the world and launched the careers of many of Ireland's top models.
Michelle Rocca came in as second runner-up at Miss International 1981; Siobhan McClafferty was first runner-up at Miss World 1990; Olivia Tracey got into the Top 10 at Miss Universe 1985; Andrea Roche achieved the same placement at Miss Universe 1998; Rosanna Davison represented Ireland at Miss World 2003; and Emma Waldron was placed in the Top 5 at Miss World 2010.