L-r Ciara Danagher- Miss Carrick-On-Suir, Niamh myles- Miss Tipperary South, Robyn Barlow- Miss Tipperary Anner Hotel, Esmé Mansergh Wallace- event organiser
Three Tipperary ladies will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of top models Niamh Kennedy and Aoife Walsh when they grace the stage at the Helix in Dublin this weekend for the grand final of Miss Ireland.
Robyn Barlow, Ciara Danagher and Niamh Myles will go head to head with fellow aspiring models from all over Ireland in the annual search for the country’s next Miss Ireland.
Twenty year old Robyn wowed a panel of five expert judges including former Miss Limerick Universe Kellie Mc Grath, Miss Tipperary 2015 Lauren Browne, former Miss Ireland Niamh Kennedy, Miss Tipperary 2017 Cailin Duggan and Hi Magazines Male Model on the Year Patrick McLouhgney to earn her own Miss Tipperary sash earlier this year.
“This is just the best feeling. I am incredibly grateful to have been chosen and it means everything to me. To be honest it hasn’t fully sunk in. Its amazing and it's only up from here. I can’t wait to head to the Miss Ireland final and do my county proud. I'm very excited to see where this journey will take me,” said the delighted Clonmel native following her win.
Robyn, who studies Education and Psychology in Mary I, has also chosen to use her new platform to advocate for suicide awareness. Last month she held a hugely successful coffee morning in aid of Clonmel based suicide awareness charity C-SAW.
Joining Robyn on stage will be fellow Tipperary hopefuls Miss Carrick-On-Suir Ciara Danagher and Miss Tipperary South Niamh Myles who successfully secured their places following a competitive wildcard selection heat held in Dublin last month.
Twenty four year old Niamh Myles, from Ballylooby, previously entered the competition in 2013. Earlier this year the UCC graduate decided to put herself forward once again, earning her the First Runner Up spot at the Miss Tipperary selection evening in June.
Meanwhile Carrick-on-Suir will also be well represented on the night when Ciara Danagher flies the flag for South Tipperary on the Miss Ireland stage. Ciara, who works in Meanys Shoes in her hometown, has said she hopes to use her new found platform as a way of creating support and awareness for a number of charities and causes including the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, St. Vincent de Paul and the River Rescue charity shop.
“I knew we had really strong entrants this year, and following the Miss Tipperary final held in the Anner Hotel I am really excited to see how all three girls do in the Miss Ireland Final,” Miss Tipperary event organiser Esme Mansergh - Wallace said ahead of this Sunday’s event.
Miss Ireland 2018 takes place at the Helix Theatre, Dublin on Sunday 16th, Sept.