Pictured are the contestants of the 2019 Miss Limerick and Miss Clare competitions at the launch party in 101 Limerick. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.
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PHOTOS – Miss Limerick and Miss Clare 2019 Pageant showcases modern Irish women
by ilovelimerick correspondent Conor Owens.
The launch for the annual Miss Limerick and Miss Clare 2019 pageants took place in 101 Limerick on O’Connell Street yesterday and showcased the amazing talent people can expect from the upcoming beauty competitions.
The Miss Limerick pageant has acted as one of the main events of the summer social calendar for over three decades and this year, for the first time, the show will have a new creative team running the competition. This year also marks the return of the Miss Clare competition for the first time in three years, with the winner also going forward straight to the Miss Ireland Final.
Event co-organiser Patrick McLoughney said, “This is the first time in thirty years that Miss Limerick is being run by a different group of people, and we want to bring something different to the table this year. We’ve introduced live social media elements, blogs and we’re planning on putting a camera in the judge’s room, so everyone knows how the voting was done. We want this to be the most engaging Miss Limerick and Miss Ireland heat that has ever been put on!”
Open to girls aged 17 to 24 interested in modelling, the Miss Ireland competition was established in 1947 and is one of the world’s longest running beauty contests. The pageant judges its contestants not only on beauty but also on other important traits such as interview skills, charity work, talent, health and fitness and appropriate social media skills.
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.
Last year’s winner of the Miss Limerick competition was Beibhinn Haren who helped fundraise for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice by holding a coffee afternoon and bucket collection that raised 1,300 euros for the charity.
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.
The Miss Limerick and Miss Clare 2019 contest will be taking place at 8pm in Opium Nightclub downstairs in 101 Limerick on Thursday, July 18. Admission is €20 per person.
For further information contact Patrick McLoughney at [email protected].
For more information about the Miss Ireland pageant, click here
To read previous Miss Limerick stories click here
Pictures: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.