Sunday 21 January 2018

Want to be Miss Ireland? Then bring your passport

Maire Hughes. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Maire Hughes. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

ORGANISERS of the Miss Ireland contest this year are demanding passports as proof of age.

The move comes after Galway woman Maire Hughes was stripped of her Miss Ireland title last year after it emerged at age 26, she had been deemed too old to enter the contest.

“This year from the get go we are looking for scans of passports and birth certs from the girls which provides us with proof of age.

“It's a requirement because unfortunately we don't want any other thing tarnishing the event itself,” Miss Ireland organiser Sean Montague told the Herald.

Entrants must be aged between 17 and 24 years.

Girls have been asked to provide passport scans even for those entering the twenty preliminary heats for Miss Ireland which take place around the country.

“The girls might not even make it through those heats. It's a lot of work for the local organisers, they have to give us more paperwork, but shows you how we have tightened up the administrative side this year, and generally been more cautious,” he said.

Fellow organiser Brendan Scully added: “After last year we set ourselves a whole new checklist and a new way of doing things. Obviously there are rules that are there, but we have made it harder this year.”

The pageant, featuring 30 finalists in Dublin's Ballsbridge Hotel on July 20, is also to be the subject of a fly on the wall feature.

“We're shooting a documentary this year , and people will see behind the scenes of Miss Ireland

It will be retrospective as well, because it's going to look back on the years and the different girls over the years and they are going to share their memories.”

The Miss World pageant this year takes place in Bali and Jakarta in Indonesia on September 28.

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