Emily Kelly, 22,
Abbeyknockmoy, Co Galway,
What are your hobbies and interests?
I'm very into music. I grew up playing the piano and the violin, and I play the guitar now. I love anything about wildlife and animals too. I'm really into National Geographic magazine. I have horses and cats at home. I used to horse-ride a lot, but I don't get the chance to do it much anymore.
Why should you be Miss Universe?
I guess I feel I would represent Ireland well on a world stage. I'm a pretty hard worker when something is important to me, and the title would provide a platform for me to highlight global issues that are important to me, such as human rights.
Physically, how would you rate yourself out of 10 and why?
I would never rate myself physically out of 10; I wouldn't be able to. That's really up to other people to say, and everyone has different tastes anyway.
Do you have a boyfriend?
Nope, I'm happy being single for the moment. I'm a very independent person.
What do you look for in a man?
Probably the most important traits in a guy, in my opinion, are honesty, integrity and definitely a sense of humour. I'm not a big fan of people taking themselves too seriously.
What is the most important thing you have learned in life?
I honestly believe that everything happens for a reason, and when something doesn't work out it's often for the best in the end. When God closes a door, he opens a window.
What Irish politician would you most rate?
Off the top of my head, Brian Lenihan. I'm not too into the politics scene, but I think that with everything he's been going through he still manages to do a good job, or at least as good a job as anyone in his Finance Minister position can do in a recession.
If you could implement one thing in this country to help us out of the recession what would it be?
What globalisation has taught us is that we are all interdependent and we now need a system which reflects that.
What's your ultimate dream?
I'm very career-orientated, so to be successful in whichever branch of medicine I choose to pursue would be wonderful. Other than that, living my life to the full, taking opportunities and having my friends and family around me is my idea of happiness.
Why have you entered this competition?
The more time that passes, the happier I am that I'm doing it. One of my best friends participated before, and it looked like so much fun. I think it's a great opportunity to develop your confidence and self-esteem, and meet great new people.
If you were on a desert island and could bring three items, what would these be and why?
A cat for company, a solar-powered iPod that would keep me entertained until I'm rescued -- they haven't been invented yet, but Apple are working on it -- and Bear Grylls for obvious reasons.
Are you a good girlfriend?
I'm sure my friends would say there are definitely many pros and cons associated with being my friend. I can be pretty messy, my room tends to morph from immaculate to catastrophic in a matter of seconds -- no one understands it. Generally, though, I'm very honest with my friends. We all go out of our way for each other and take good care of one another.
Would you consider yourself traditional in any way?
I'm pretty traditional in the way I foresee my future playing out. I've always seen myself following the traditional route of college, job, marriage, kids. I'm quite a romantic, too.
If you were to have plastic surgery what would you have done?
At the moment, I wouldn't have plastic surgery. I'm not sure how I'll feel in the future, but it's not something that has ever appealed to me.