Pictured at the Miss Limerick and Miss Clare 2019 pageant in the Opium nightclub are Miss Clare 2019 Emma Austin, Miss 101 Limerick 2019 Christina Alcazar Deverell, Miss Limerick 2019 Ciara O’Halloran, and Miss BeLimitless.ie 2019 Katie Woods. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.
WATCH and PHOTOS: Miss Limerick and Miss Clare 2019 Final at 101 Limerick
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Sinead Fitzgibbon
On Thursday, July 18 the final of Miss Limerick and Miss Clare 2019 took place in the Opium Nightclub downstairs of 101 Limerick.
The Miss Limerick pageant has acted as one of the main events of the summer social calendar for over three decades. This year marked the return of the Miss Clare competition for the first time in three years, with the winner also going forward to the Miss Ireland Final.
The MC for the night was Lauren Guilfoyle, Physiotherapist and Sports Journalist. This year, for the first time, the show had a new creative team running the competition including Patrick McLoughney, Social Media Influencer, Esme Mansergh Wallace, Miss Ireland 2012 finalist and James Hayes. James and his team are launching a new website in September, which will be a mental health resource for students called BeLimitless.ie. There were three judges on the night including Sinead O’Brien, Social Media Influencer, Aoife O’Sullivan, Miss Ireland 2018, Wayne Walsh, Mr Ireland 2018 and Mikie O’Loughlin, RSVP Showbiz Editor.
Event co-organiser Patrick McLoughney said, “We had a very short window to make this happen so the pressure was on but with the event management experience and expertise of James Haynes, the Miss Ireland experience of Esma Wallace and my own knowledge of modelling and the entertainment industry we managed to put on a show that did justice to the herculean effort put in by all involved.”
There were three winners of the night. Emma Austin, 20-year-old School Worker at Northside Family Resource Centre, was crowned Miss Clare, Christina Alcazar Deverell, 20-year-old student won Miss 101 Limerick and finally, Ciara O’Halloran, 23-year-old engineer graduate was named Miss Limerick. All three winners will compete in the final of Miss Ireland 2019 in The Helix in Dublin in September.
The event organisers decided to make a fourth prize, Miss BeLimitless, to acknowledge the bravery of one of the contestants. The fearless Katie Woods took the title of Miss BeLimitless.ie. During her interview with Lauren, Katie courageously told her own personal struggle with mental health. Katie is the first amputee to ever compete in a beauty pageant in Ireland.
The competition aims to build confidence and self-esteem in its contestants and has acted as a launching pad for many successful, empowering Irish women including Holly Carpenter, Aoife Walsh, Sarah Morrissey, Andrea Roche, Amanda Brunker, Michelle Rocca and the 2003 Miss World winner, Rosanna Davison. The competition has also brought success to many of the pageant’s finalists who have gone on to have huge success in modelling, entertainment, and social media such as Shauna Lindsay, Niamh Cullen, Lauren Guilfoyle, and Niamh De Brun.
Patrick McLoughney concluded, “We are delighted with how the events went and the response and feedback we’ve gotten from the contestants, their families and everyone who attended.”
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