A young Wexford woman has been selected as a finalist in the Miss Universe Ireland Competition which will take place in the Mansion House in Dublin on August 1.
Megan O'Malley, from Castlebridge, said she plans to use the Miss Universe platform to campaign for women's rights and to focus on raising awareness about consent and sexual assault.
The former Castlebridge NS and Loreto secondary school student is a budding actress and playwright who graduated from UCD last December with a Masters Degree in Theatre Practice, without having done an undergraduate degree.
She previously studied full-time at the Gaiety School of Acting. She wrote and starred in her first play Home early last year.
The play which is structured around a court case, explores Ireland's abortion laws, sexual consent and the country's drinking culture and asks the audience to give its verdict. The Sunday Times reviewed it as follows: 'The glimpse the script provides into the world of tinder, sexting, shots, blackouts and rape is savagely truthful.'
Megan is taking part in the fundraiser 'Walk for Women' during July to raise funds for Women's Aid. She is working on a sequel to Home, based on the male character's perspective, with the audience again deciding if he broke the law. The play will be staged in 2020 to raise money for Ireland's Rape Crisis Centres.