Dara to represent Wicklow in Miss Ireland
Miss Wicklow will compete for Miss Ireland crown at the annual event next weekend.
Dara Byrne, from Ballinaclash, was selected to represent the garden county at the Miss Ireland 2019 competition. The glamourous event will be staged in Dublin's Helix Theatre and the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday, September 14.
'I applied for the competition for fun. It's really exciting to have been selected,' Dara (23) said.
A secondary school teacher, she is currently studying for a Masters degree in education at University College Dublin. The eldest of four, Dara attended Avondale Collge for second level. She is also involved with the Ballinacor Camogie team.
A key part of the competition is 'Beauty with a Purpose', which encourages finalists to organise events or fundraise for a chosen charity. Dara explained this was a key part of the competition's appeal to her.
'I'd been talking to my mam about being very interested in getting involved in charity work. I thought this could be something that would give me a little extra push. I'm planning to host a Beauty with a Purpose event in October. As class rep, I'm also hoping to arrange a ball for my class in UCD later this year,' Ms Byrne said.
'We're just so proud. It's wonderful,' said Mary-Anne Byrne of her daughter's selection for the Miss Ireland competition.
Dara thanked her sponsor, Spiritual Ceremonies, and Presley Blue who sponsored her dress. She selected the gown from the Arklow boutique Fayebella.
The winner of Miss Ireland will go forward to compete at the annual Miss World contest.