At the start of September Miss Ireland’s Aoife Walsh, from Clonmel, embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, travelling to Indonesia for the 2013 Miss World competition.
Tweeting about her pending month-long trip the 24-year-old teacher said “Off on the most incredible adventure and experience of my life. I hope to be the best ambassador for my family, friends, and country that I can be.”
Now the countdown is on to the big event as the 63rd Miss World final takes place this Saturday, September 28, broadcast live from Bali.
Aoife - daughter of Philomena and Liam Walsh, Giantsgrave - competes for the title and the crown, with a record 130 young women from all around the world.
This Saturday’s final is the culmination of a month-long schedule of events, including contestants’ bid for a number of separate titles, in advance of the final including Beach Fashion, Top Model, Sports and Fitness, Beauty with a Purpose, Talent Competition and the World Fashion Designer Award.
Aoife was overjoyed earlier this month when her team won the Sports and Fitness Challenge.
But it hasn’t been all work for Aoife and her stunning sidekicks, as they enjoy learning about Indonesian culture, heritage and more.
Keeping family and friends posted regularly on her experiences, Aoife has visited a safari and marine park in Bali and learned about endangered animals there; learned traditional Indonesisan dance; played with a baby elephant; experienced traditional Indonesian art at the Rudana Museum; and made new friends.
“Making friends for life! One of the most wonderful gifts Miss World is able to give to me!” she tweeted recently.
With three university degrees, a wonderful personality and her unique Irish beauty, Aoife is certain to achieve her aim of being a wonderful ambassador for Ireland and Tipperary. Boy band Blue, and Matt Cardle, will perform at the final this Saturday in Bali.