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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh hopes her red hair will cinch the Miss World title

Published 05/09/2013 | 14:30

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Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh
Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh
Aoife Walsh with her parents Liam and Philomena Walsh at the Miss Ireland finals
Aoife Walsh with her parents Liam and Philomena Walsh at the Miss Ireland finals
Miss Universe Ireland 2012 Adrienne Murphy
Miss Universe Ireland 2012 Adrienne Murphy

REIGNING Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh is currently competing at the Miss World competition in Bali, and is the only red head of the 101 countries represented.

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Walsh, 24, flew out of Dublin airport earlier this week for the 63rd annual Miss World pageant, taking place on the Indonesian paradise island.

And the secondary school teacher, who has three degrees, is hoping that her unique looks will help her land the Miss World crown.

"One of the special things about me is that I'm the first Miss Ireland to be a redhead, and I'm also the only redhead in this year's Miss World final," she said in her official Miss World profile interview.

"I hope to be the best representative of my country that I can be and to make my family and friends proud at this year's Miss World in Indonesia."

Aoife will be competing against a record 100 other contestants this year and previously spoke of her nerves ahead of the final on September 28th.

This year, Miss World contestants will wear sarongs rather than bikinis for the Beach Beauty contest, a title which 2003 winner Rosanna Davison, also won in addition to taking home the top gong.

Participants will sport 12 different variations of the traditional Balinese sarong and blouse.

And organisers have said that the change in style is to promote the importance of individual culture, rather than  emphasising physical appearance.

Ms Walsh, who has a B.A. in Geography and Economics, M.A. in Business Management and postgraduate degree in Education, added that her hobbies nclude singing, dancing and long walks in the countryside.

But one of the most unusual things about me is that I actually love to coach school rugby," she added.

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