Tuesday 1 December 2015

Meet the Miss Ireland hopefuls

Introducing the beauties vying it out for the coveted crown

Published 04/07/2013 | 08:18

Reigning Miss Ireland Rebecca Maguire
Mollie O'Connor Lloyd
Elizabeth Gelera
Alexandra Carlos

WHEN it comes to beauty pageants, few countries do it as well as Ireland.

 It may seem at times that there are more pageants than people, but Miss Ireland is still in a league of its own. Last night, more than 20 local beauty queens launched the competition at Dublin nightclub Buck Whaley's, all hoping to take home the crown and head off to Miss World.

The details of this year's competition are still under wraps, but it is expected to take place later this summer when all of the local heats have been completed. Last year's show was shrouded in controversy as the original winner Maire Hughes, was de-throned just three days into her reign when it was revealed that she was "too old" to compete at Miss World under pageant rules. Her runner-up Rebecca Maguire was therefore crowned.

Former Miss Irelands include Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model contestant Holly Carpenter, Emma Waldron, Rosanna Davison and tv presenter Pamela Flood, and 1991 winner Amanda Brunker was in attendance as was Tallafornia's Kelly Donegan.

Reigning title holder Rebecca Maguire was in attendance, as was 1991 winner Amanda Brunker and Tallafornia's Kelly Donegan

Meet the Miss Ireland contestants
Meet the Miss Ireland contestants
Reigning Miss Ireland Rebecca Maguire
Miss Dublin WestElizabeth Gelera
Miss Louth Kerry Cahill Shimasaki
Miss Tipperary Aoife Walsh
Miss Limerick Shauna Lindsay
Miss Clare Lauren Guilfoyle
Kelly Donegan and Rebecca Maguire
Miss Roscommon
Miss Roscommon Alexandra Carlos
Patricia Olufemi and Amanda Brunker
Miss Down Roisin Hamill
Tara Kavanagh
Miss Buck Whaley's Kate Monahan
Miss Cork Jessica Hayes
Miss Irish Motor Bike Show Clare Doherty
Miss Donegal Orlagh McGee
Hazel McMahon and Cormac Branagan
Hazel McMahon
Miss Kildare Ally Garvey
Miss Meath Mollie O'Connor Lloyd
Jo Jordan and Bernie Cafolla

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