RATHKEALE student Edel Keating was named as Miss West Limerick 2014 at a lively event in the Devon Inn Hotel at the weekend.
The contest, now in its second year, is promoted by West Limerick Community Radio 102FM as part of its remit to celebrate and reflect all that is good in West Limerick.
Ms Keating, who is studying for a BA in Mary Immaculate College, was representing Bloomers, the cafe and restaurant in Rathkeale where she works part-time and which now also has a premises in Newcastle West.
“I didn’t expect it at all,” Ms Keating told the Limerick Leader.
In fact, she revealed, she was surprised to find that she had been entered for the contest at all but said it “was a great experience.
“It is one of the best things I have ever done. And it was lovely to do it for John and Clare, my bosses,” she explained.
“This will give me a great platform to promote the area and especially Rathkeale which I love,” added the third level student..
The Miss West Limerick contest is designed to reflect the intelligence, compassion and independence of modern Irish women, insisted Joe McGill, co-manager of West Limerick 102FM.
“It represents the collective aspirations, social responsibilities and ambitions of young women from a variety of communities and backgrounds,” he said.
“West Limerick 102fm celebrates life in West Limerick and nights like the Best of the West, the Country Music Awards and now the Miss West Limerick all aim to do that.”
There were nine contestants in all in this year’s contest and each young woman was interviewed in advance by a panel of judges. They then faced into the spotlight at last Friday’s event, where they all entertained the crowd that gathered to see them.
Edel, the daughter of Mike and Mary Keating from Ballywilliam, wowed the judges with her personality and her concertina playing, Mr McGill said.
Last year’s inaugural winner, Nadine Smith presented Edel with her sash. The event was sponsored by Eddie Guirey Photography.