'Wedding dresses are just work for' - Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh
IT'S all about wedding gowns, confetti and bridal fairs for current Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh...but just strictly in a work capacity.
The model is currently up to her eyes with modelling jobs that see her donning all types of fancy gowns as the wedding fair season continues with gusto.
When she's not busy on the catwalk at some of the country's biggest wedding fairs, the red-haired beauty is hosting them.
Now the 24-year-old, who was signed to Assets agency after winning the Miss Ireland crown last year, has been bitten by the presenting bug.
"I was really comfortable on stage so the agency are putting the feelers out there to see if I can do more presenting," Aoife told the Diary.
"I presented the Midlands Wedding Show of the Year in Tullamore and although I was quite nervous before going on stage it came quite naturally to me.
"They were really happy with how it went and I was thinking 'I could get used to this'," she said.
However single Aoife said it will be a long time before she is visiting wedding fairs for personal reasons.
"I have nothing serious to report yet," she said.
"I won't be putting on a dress for ages. I'm only 24 so I couldn't even be thinking of that yet. I definitely want that down the line, but not yet."
While she doesn't have the man, Aoife said she loves nothing more than donning a wedding dress for a work shoot.
"They are so much fun. The first time I put one on I was like 'ahh this feels so weird'.
"But it's actually great to be able to put on different dresses because every girl dreams of their wedding day so you get little ideas for yourself even though you are nowhere near getting married," Aoife said.
The model, who has three degrees to her name, is also looking forward to giving Miss Ireland hopefuls her pearls of wisdom when she joins the panel as one of the competition judges later this year.
"In the coming months I am going to be judging all of the heats so I am looking forward to being on the other side of the table and seeing how it's all done," she said.
Aoife said her life has changed completely thanks to the contest.
"I never modelled before Miss Ireland so I literally went from being a student teacher living a normal life to this. The crown has made a huge difference in my life."