Tuesday 28 February 2017

Meet the Tipperary beauty queen who nabbed the Miss Ireland title

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Miss Tipperary Niamh Kennedy has been named Miss Ireland 2016. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Miss Tipperary Niamh Kennedy has been named Miss Ireland 2016. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Aoife McGrane, 1st runner up, Leanne Gray-2nd runner up and winner Niamh Kennedy at the Miss Ireland 2016 final. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Winner Niamh Kennedy representing Tipperary at the Miss Ireland 2016 final at Northwood, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Miss Tipperary Niamh Kennedy has been named Miss Ireland 2016. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Miss Ireland 2016 Niamh Kennedy on her first day as Miss Ireland 2016 at the Crowne Plaze Hotel at Northwood, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Aoife McGrane, 1st runner up, Leanne Gray-2nd runner up and winner Niamh Kennedy at the Miss Ireland 2016 final. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Winner Niamh Kennedy representing Tipperary at the Miss Ireland 2016 final at Northwood, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Miss Ireland 2016 Niamh Kennedy is crowned by last year's winner Sacha Livingstone at the Mss Ireland 2016 final at Northwood, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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.

Winner Niamh Kennedy representing Tipperary at the Miss Ireland 2016 final at Northwood, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Winner Niamh Kennedy representing Tipperary at the Miss Ireland 2016 final at Northwood, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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.

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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.

Miss Ireland 2016 Niamh Kennedy is congratulated by her brother Colin Kennedy and aunt Brid Morgan at the Miss Ireland 2016 final at Northwood, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Miss Ireland 2016 Niamh Kennedy is congratulated by her brother Colin Kennedy and aunt Brid Morgan at the Miss Ireland 2016 final at Northwood, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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.  

Miss Ireland 2016 Niamh Kennedy with first runner up Aoife McGrane, left, and second runner up Leanne Gray, right, at the Miss Ireland 2016 final. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Miss Ireland 2016 Niamh Kennedy with first runner up Aoife McGrane, left, and second runner up Leanne Gray, right, at the Miss Ireland 2016 final. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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