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A BUTCHER is in the running to become the next Miss Ireland.

Roisin McConway will hang up her cleaver as she competes in this year's Miss Ireland pageant.

The part-time butcher and teaching student (19), from the small town of Creeslough in Donegal, has long dreamt of becoming a model and was delighted when she won the title of Miss Seat 2011, giving her entry to the Miss Ireland finals.

"This is a dream come true to be honest, I was even delighted to just be in the final for Miss Seat. I didn't even tell anyone about because I didn't think I would win," she explained.

"I'm a part-time butcher. I live such a different life you wouldn't believe it. Everyday I'm just cleaning the floors, cutting meat, wiping up blood, and now this is going to be so different."

Speaking to the Herald after her win, Roisin said she only entered the competition so she could win a new car.

"I was asked to go for Miss Donegal but when I saw that you could get a free car if you represented Seat then I decided to enter with them."

As the winner, she is now the proud owner of a brand new Seat Leon TSI for six months and will become a new Seat brand ambassador.

However, Roisin says she is scared to drive the new car around her small town.

"I'm worried about driving the car, have you ever seen the roads in Donegal?" she joked.

The NUIG Arts student, who hopes to become a secondary school teacher, revealed that she was overwhelmed when she realised that Nadia Forde (inset right) was a Seat ambassador also.

Roisin says she hopes she can meet Nadia (22), and exchange tips.

"She is unbelievable, I thought I didn't have a hope of winning when I saw her picture," she explained. "I went on to her Facebook and she is so gorgeous. To know that there is even of chance of me meeting her, that just seems so surreal."

With only two weeks to go to the Miss Ireland final, Roisin is one of the last girls to be selected for the contest, which takes place August 13.

Despite now having to find dresses, bags and shoes in just under a fortnight, the aspiring model says she works "better under pressure".

Supporting her throughout the Miss Ireland competition will be her boyfriend and younger siblings, as she is the eldest of five children.

Roisin will be one of 30 finalists that will be battling it out to take over the coveted title from reigning Miss Ireland Emma Waldron.

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