Miss Limerick 2016 winner has been announced as 18-year-old Aoife McNamara.
Originally from Corbally, Limerick Aoife moved to Broadford in County Clare at the age of 16. The young Miss Limerick was honoured to wear the extravagant sash and crown on Thursday, June 2, at Crush 87 Nightclub.
Aoife just finished a pre-nursing course at Limerick College of Further Education. As a student with a passion for improving services for people suffering with mental health issues, Aoife is a more than suitable Miss Limerick 2016 winner.
Supporting Aoife in her endeavours were her parents Lavinia and Michael, brother Paul and sister Saoirse, who stood proudly by the newly crowned Miss Limerick 2016 winner as she spoke about her achievement, “I was a bit shocked. I kind of froze when it happened and then all my family came running at me and it took me about 10 minutes to get up on the stage.”
The young beauty is full of ambition and dreams, with hopes to study psychiatric nursing next year in the University of Limerick. Aoife spoke about her passion for improving Irish mental health services through her future course and career.
“In Limerick, there is such a high rate of suicide. There are things being done but I don’t think it’s enough,” she said with a tone of regret.
Another worthy title on the night was Miss Crush 87, which was awarded to 17-year-old Ciara Buckley, from Rhebogue, who is a Laurel Hill student. Ciara expressed her excitement at the title, “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s still so surreal”.
Both Aoife and Ciara are set represent Limerick in the upcoming National competition, Miss Ireland.
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