Stunning Clonmel native Aoife Walsh is set to take on Ireland’s most beautiful girls in this year’s Miss Ireland Pageant. The 23-year-old will be flying the flag for Tipperary and Dundrum House Hotel after blowing away the competition to win the first ever Miss Tipperary Contest held in the heart of the Premier county recently.
Aoife wowed a panel of expert judges including: current Miss Sunday World and Miss Tipperary organiser Esme Mansergh Wallace; top Assets model Gary Talbot; former Miss Limerick Universe Kellie McGrath; former Miss Clare Esther Woods; and Audrey McGrath, a model from the Holman Lee Agency.
Aoife has become the first winner of the heat, organised by Esme who is also a former Miss Tipperary herself. She is very confident that Aoife now stands a brilliant chance of going all the way to the Miss World finals.
As well as the title and tiara, Aoife also won a beautiful jewellery piece and personal training sessions from Dundrum House Hotel’s very own personal trainer, James O’Leary.
First runner up on the night which was hosted by the 2012 Limerick Rose Suzanne O’Brien was Bansha girl Aileen Crowe O’Connell, while second runner up went to bubbly Newport native Charlene Hurley. Joe Whelan’s in Tipperary Town sponsored Newbridge jewellery prizes for Best Dressed, Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality, won by Aine Henebry, Josephine O’Dwyer and Catherine Mockler.
“The standard of girls this year has been amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer group of girls to work with,” said Esme.
“We had such a hard time narrowing it down but I am so delighted with the way everything went and I can’t wait to see how Aoife gets on in the final.”
Make up on the night was kindly provided by Marian Kinahan Browne, Linda English of The Beauty Spot and Geraldine Lyons of Beauty Beyond while the George Lang Hair group sent over teams of talented hair stylists from their salons in Thurles, Cashel and Tipperary Town to do all 21 entrants’ hairstyles.