Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Miss Ireland 2012


Gala: 1. Jeanelle Kaste and Virginia Macari; 2. Sinead Desmond and Ray Shah; 3. Shane O’Sullivan and Amanda Brunker.  (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

Ireland’s most talented and glamorous girls took to the catwalk for the final of Miss ireland 2012 in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel for a gala hosted by TV3’s Sinead Desmond and radio presenter Ray Shah.

The ceremony has become one of the most anticipated events of the year with a star studded guest list and judging panel of household names.  From London was celebrity hair stylist James Brown, he was joined by Miss Ireland Emma Waldron, Dublin GAA player Eamon Fennell, IMAGE editor Melanie Morris, beauty guru Triona McCarthy and TV3 presenter Elaine Crowley.

After dinner and drinks guests were treated to highly choreographed show with performances by up and coming Irish talent Kate Gilmore, Allanna Hennessey, Nikki Sheridan and The Fibbs.  Designer Virginia Macari showed her new swimwear range for the first time at the pageant too. 

On the evening the crown was initially won by Miss Mayo, Maire Hughes but she was later disqualified due to her age.  Ireland will now be represented by Rebecca Maguire of Belfast.

Miss Ireland has always been the most coveted crown in Ireland and former Miss Irelands have enjoyed hugely successful careers in modeling, entertainment, TV presenting, acting and business.  Former Miss Irelands such as, Siobhan McClafferty, Olivia Tracey, Emma Waldron and Andrea Roche made it to the top ten finalists in Miss World during their respective reign and of course Rosanna Davison scooped the Miss World title in 2003.