GRACE and good looks are two qualities judges look for in a beauty queen, and the newly crowned Miss Limerick has both in abundance.
Beauty therapist Grace Walsh took home the tiara and sash on Tuesday night and will now go on to represent her native county at the Miss Ireland pageant next July.
“I was so shocked. I’m still shocked now,” said the 21-year-old at lunchtime this Wednesday.
“I went on Facebook and I never had so many ‘likes’ before – it’s amazing. I was amazed to win,” she added.
The Rhebogue girl was crowned the winner before a large audience at Crush 87 nightclub located in The Granary. A total of 22 beauties had put themselves forward in the hope of taking the Miss Limerick title.
With only limited modelling experience, Grace put her name forward for Miss Limerick after being encouraged to do so.
The blonde beauty who stands a statuesque 5’ 11” is looking forward to making the most of every opportunity that comes her way and is determined to get herself in tip-top condition for the Miss Ireland final which takes place on July 19 - the day after her birthday.
“I got a year’s membership for a gym so I will be using that to get in tip-top shape,” smiled Grace who cites Beyonce and Cheryl Cole as her style icons.
Grace, who studied at Pembroke College, now works as a beauty therapist in O’Reilly’s Hair and Beauty on William Street in the city
Currently single, she hopes to travel during the summer and would love to visit Australia to see her friends.
Among the first to congratulate Grace on her big win on Tuesday night were her parents Anne and Michael. She has a young brother Alan, 17 and sister Michelle, 14.
Model agent Celia Holman Lee, who organises the Miss Limerick competition, said all the ladies who took part were “amazing”.
Grace, she said, “is just gorgeous”.
“She is a Limerick girl, she’s beautiful and we wish her the very best for Miss Ireland.”