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Brainy beauties vie to be Miss University

TEACHING, engineering, science and business -- these are the brains combined with beauty for this weekend's Miss University 2012 contest.

Bronagh Bartels, a student in teachers' college St Pat's in Drumcondra; DCU student Lizzy Purdue; Trinity College student Aisling Croughan; and UCD's Jennifer Manning are just four of the 42 finalists who hope to follow in the footsteps of last year's winner Holly Carpenter, who was later crowned Miss Ireland.

Over the past few months, the team behind the contest has travelled to third level institutions across the country to select finalists. Holly, who is now dating Ireland and Leinster rugby star Cian Healy, will be on hand to judge the girls at The Wright Venue in Swords this Saturday, with doors opening at 8pm.