Clara to represent Ireland at Miss European pageant
A RUSH teenager has been chosen to represent Ireland at the Miss European pageant which will be held later in the year.
Sixteen-year-old Clara DeYear, who lives in Rush, is delighted to have been chosen as one of the 10 girls who will take their places for Team Ireland in the contest.
The Malahide Community School student was determined that one of the sashes presented to the girls at the heats in Portlaoise was going to be hers.
After an intense interview by pageant coordinator Abigal Little, she was taught an opening dance routine along with the other entrants. The girls then had to take a spin down the catwalk dressed in their finery.
Petite Clara stood out from the crowd.
'This international pageant has never been hosted by Ireland and I wanted to be one of the ten chosen girls to showcase her beautiful country,' a delighted Clara explained.
With teams of up to ten girls from Belgium, Brussels, England, Malta, Wales, Scotland, Portugal, Georgia, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland and of course Clara's own Team Ireland 2014, the competition is expected to be tough.
She is eager to impress the European visitors as much as she did at the selection night in her stunning red dress and great personality. When the DJ played 'Lady in Red' Clara took her turn on stage and was clearly a winner.
Clara first official function was attending St. Patrick's Day parade in Portlaoise along with her team.
She will attend a fashion show, photo shoots and training to help her compete against over one hundred entries.
The event will be held over six days at the Heritage hotel, Portlaoise, where they will compete as a team for five days at dance competitions, swimwear competitions, tour of Dublin and Laoise and of course make friends along the way.