A memorable year for Aoife Walsh was rounded off when she was accorded a reception at the Town Hall by Clonmel’s first citizen.
Mayor Pat English hosted the reception in her home town in honour of the 24 year-old teacher, who was crowned Miss Ireland in the summer and represented Ireland at the Miss World contest in Indonesia in September.
The attendance at the reception included councillors, members of the business community and Aoife’s family and friends.
The Mayor spoke of Aoife’s academic achievements, including her three degrees - a BA from University College Cork, a Masters degree from University of Limerick and her recently completed post graduate degree in Education from Trinity College.
Aoife’s parents Liam and Philomena, from Giantsgrave, Clonmel looked on with pride as the Mayor also spoke about her early years, specifically her love of song and dance and her performance with St.Mary’s Choral Society in a number of shows as a young girl.
Aoife thanked the people of Clonmel for supporting her through the Miss Ireland competition, including her friends and family as well as the local businesses who sponsored her.
The attendance heard about the Miss World competition, when she was one of 10 finalists out of 130 chosen to perform Dances of the World and was honoured to perform Riverdance.
She said she would never forget her Clonmel roots, adding that even when she travels all over the world representing Ireland she still manages to support Tipperary GAA.
Aoife is currently Ambassador for Autism Ireland and will grace the catwalk in Clonmel in March for the Scoil Aonghusa Spring into Summer Fashion extravaganza.
This event will help raise much-needed funds for children with physical and mental disabilities in Tipperary.
The Clonmel Retail Forum thanks Aoife Walsh for giving something back to Clonmel by participating in community and charity projects during her successful and very rewarding rein as Miss Ireland.