Two Tipperary beauties will vie for the coveted Miss Ireland title in Dublin tonight (Friday).
The two girls will represent the north and the south of the county.
Flying the flag for North Tipp is 20-year old Niamh Kennedy from Nenagh (pictured).
Niamh is working as a waitress, and has recently signed to Assets Agency.
Representing the south of the county is 22-year old Sinead Connery, an intern nurse in Cork University Hospital. She is a fluent Irish speaker.
The 69th Miss Ireland Final where glitz and glamour meet poise and personality takes place in Dublin’s Crowne Plaza Hotel at Northwood.
The winner of the much-coveted title will represent the country at the final of Miss World in Washington DC on December 19th, with the lucky lady flying out in advance, on November 27th
This year’s contestants will be hoping to show off their best traits in order to impress the formidable judging panel. Talent agent Julian Benson, Bellamianta’s Linda Mc Namee, stylist Sonja Mohlich, Miss Ireland competition organiser Sean Montague, model and former Miss Ireland Jessica Hayes, and fellow former winner Anne Marie Gannon are all waiting to be dazzled.
Conceived in 1947, Miss Ireland is the longest running beauty pageant in the world and counts a host of famous faces among its previous title holders.
Michelle Rocca came in as second runner-up at Miss International 1981; Siobhan McClafferty was first runner-up at Miss World 1990; Olivia Tracey got into the Top 10 at Miss Universe 1985; Clonmel's Andrea Roche achieved the same placement at Miss Universe 1998; Rosanna Davison represented Ireland at Miss World 2003; and Emma Waldron was placed in the Top 5 at Miss World 2010.