SHE put her teaching career on hold for a year of adventure, but Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh has insisted her home and job will always be in her heart.
The 23-year-old told the Diary she had been spending more time in her home town of Clonmel, Co Tipperary, working with young people.
"Winning Miss Ireland has let me do loads of charity work," she said.
"I've spent time working with different groups, so even though I'm not teaching any more, education and young people is something I'm really serious about."
Aoife, who last week launched the Miss Ireland competition 2014 – to be sponsored by haircare product Mane 'n' Tale – showed off her glamorous side when she turned out for the launch of the new bar and beer garden at Leeson Street venue Buck's Townhouse last Thursday.
Cocktails and fruity desserts were in full flow at the event, which was also attended by model and hostess Michele McGrath and Bucks owner Richard McDermott.
Even the venue's resident moose head got in on the action, saying a few words during the celebrations for the bar, which will open from 5pm daily.