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Assets stripped again as ex-Miss Ireland Sinead quits model agency for old boss

Another top Irish beauty has defected from Assets model agency.

Former Miss Ireland Sinead Noonan (23) has returned to John Compton's company after deciding it was the best move for her career.

She's the latest in a string of big names including Rosanna Davison, Pippa O'Connor and Georgia Salpa to quit the high-profile Dublin company.

And she revealed to the Herald how it was attending the recent Miss Ireland competition that convinced her it was the right thing to do.


"I've always got on with John and he was my first ever agent. I'm not saying I didn't get on with Assets, I'm still on good terms with them.

"But I met him at the contest last weekend and we were chatting about it and I just decided it was the right move as he also has the acting part of his agency as well," she said.

The Dunboyne native, who's also a qualified actress, also met the new Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter for the first time after her win at the D4 hotel bash and described her as "absolutely stunning."

However, she did warn Holly that being suddenly thrust into the spotlight can be a bit overwhelming.

"She's just gorgeous and she should do so well at the Miss World," she continued. "It was an amazing experience for me but it is hard for you to deal with. You need to take a step back and try and relax. And also think very carefully before you speak to the press -- I learned that the hard way.

"I was like a deer in the spotlights at the start but my family and friends helped keep me grounded. Once you stick to the people you've known all your life and don't let it go to your head, you'll be grand. "

She said the fact that the 2011 Miss World takes place in London next November will make it a bit easier for Holly, given that all her family and friends can fly over.

As well as continuing to pursue her acting and modelling career, Sinead is now planning to return to college to pursue a long-term ambition.


"I want to go back and study early child care education and hopefully go on to do child psychology," she continued. "I used to teach drama to children and I love working with them so that's the long-term goal."