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Holly sheds no tears over tiara as she cheers on Cian

TOP model Holly Carpenter forced her dad to watch Leinster's epic win in a different room because he was doing so much shouting at her boyfriend Cian Healy.

Despite being a newcomer to rugby, Holly (20) says she was so gripped by the game that she was rewinding the live action to watch again.

And while it was nerve-wracking until the end, she was "so proud" to see her burly beau help the Blues through to the final.

Cian (24) scored the only try in the game with Clermont to ensure Leinster scraped through by four points.

"I was delighted for him, it was brilliant. I made my dad watch it in another room because he shouts at the TV, so he was a couple of seconds ahead. We heard him scream in the living room when Cian scored, it was amazing," she said.

The Clontarf girl is already planning her trip over to Twickenham to see the team take on Ulster in the Heineken Cup final and has been discussing match details with fellow WAG Aoife Cogan.

"Myself and Aoife did a photoshoot together yesterday and she was asking me if I'm going to go over and support the lads. I'll definitely go along, maybe over and back in one day. I'd say we'll all get seats near each other -- I'll probably sit with Cian's sister, we get on really well.

"Leinster can win it again and I'd love to be there with the girls to cheer them on."

After officially handing over her Miss Ireland crown on Saturday night to Marie Hughes, Holly has decided to "start fresh" and just signed up to Andrea Roche's modeling agency, to be with pals Roz Purcell and Rosanna Davison.

"It's almost as exciting as getting the crown, it's a next stage for me. I just felt like there were so many changes coming up for me, I wanted to have everything sorted. I've a lot of friends in AR, so it made sense. I'm still good friends with John Compton, he was sad to see me go but he was happy for me at the same time, there's no bitterness there at all."

And the brunette beauty insisted there were no tears when she presented the incoming Miss Ireland with her tiara.

"I'd been preparing myself, I was definitely ready to give it over and it wasn't emotional at all. There was meant to be a video with my highlights from the year, but there was a problem, so they couldn't play it.

"Maybe that was a good thing, it made it easier. And I was happy to give it to Miss Mayo -- she seems really nice and I genuinely liked her," she said.

The catwalk queen admitted to having regrets that she never got to drive her Seat car, one of the prizes as Miss Ireland.


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