‘My red hair might land me Miss World crown’ – Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh
THE country’s newest Miss Ireland is hoping that her red hair will charm the judges at the Miss World contest in September.
Aoife Walsh became the 66th woman to take the coveted national crown on Saturday night at an exclusive bash in Jury's Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin.
More than 300 guests turned out at the glitzy affair with top model Sarah Morrissey and reality TV star Virginia Macari among the judges, while former X Factor star Mary Byrne belted out It's A Man's World.
That certainly wasn't the case on the night however, with Tipperary native Aoife beating off 26 contestants to be crowned the winner.While she is looking forward to her year of travelling and representing Ireland, the secondary school teacher says the Miss World competition is her main focus.
Ireland has not won the competition since Dublin model Rosanna Davison was crowned the winner 10 years ago.
And Aoife feels that her traditional Irish charm will stand her in good stead.
“I think my red hair may give me an advantage, I am that typical Irish cailin,” she laughed. “I also have a good personality and I am really ambitious so I think it's a combination of all that,” the 23-year-old told the Herald.
“I will definitely be taking Miss World very seriously and will start meetings straight away, it is my job for the next while,” she added.
Aoife certainly knows how to work hard and she is more than just a pretty face, with three degrees from three top universities in Ireland to her name.
“I have an arts degree from UCC, a masters in Business Management from University Limerick and a Postgraduate degree from Trinity College,” explained Aoife.
“I have spent the last six years studying, so this is a whole new adventure for me and I can't wait.”
The Tipperary model is currently single, but says the Miss World crown is her main concern.
“I am happily single and obviously it is a perk of being Miss Ireland because I will meet so many people, but I'm also going to be very busy so we will see.”
Aoife is looking forward to getting her teeth into preparations and of course, packing for Indonesia.
“Travelling is a big hobby of mine so to get to go there for the competition is amazing and it is going to be a huge platform for me because I love trying different things.”
After her whirlwind win on Saturday night, Aoife spent much of yesterday in meetings, resting and savouring the victory with family and friends.
She was also tired following a long night of partying in Buck’s Townhouse following the competition, where she let her hair down alongside her fellow contestants and personalities such as Virginia Macari.
“It was a great night, I had drinks and caught up with the girls from the competition,” Aoife said. “We got on so well and I know they are friends for life.”