AS an avid user of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Miss Limerick, Nollaig Malone, got the biggest ‘like’ of all at the weekend when she was crowned Miss Social Media at the Miss Ireland beauty pageant.
The blonde beauty was joined at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, Dublin by Miss Limerick North, Roisin Cahill, who secured seventh spot in the competition which saw 31 girls vying for the Miss Ireland title.
Nollaig, from Corbally, said securing the Miss Social Media crown was the icing on the cake during what was a “wonderful night”.
“I was one of the few who received a sash. I was never expecting it. Having the title of Miss Social Media whilst working in the media industry is such a good thing to have on my CV,” said Nollaig, who recently completed her work experience with Limerick’s Live 95FM.
Roisin, who hails from Cratloe, was chosen as a wildcard quite late in the competition, which saw Limerick’s chances of taking the crown double overnight.
The 22-year-old said she never expected to make the final seven.
“I only got my title two weeks ago, I was a runner-up in Miss Limerick, so I never thought I’d make it so far in Miss Ireland. It was all a bit mad,” she smiled.
She admitted finding it difficult coming into the competition so late but said Nollaig has been a great source of support.
“It was really helpful to have someone you know there. I was terrified meeting all the girls, so it was nice having Nollaig there, especially if I needed to ask any questions or needed advice.”
Nollaig said it has been great working with Roisin in the lead-up to the competition: “I’m absolutely delighted for Roisin making the top seven girls. I’d be up for working with her more in the future.”
Celia Holman Lee, organiser of Miss Limerick, said she is “so proud” of her girls. “They’re amazing girls, they’re both gorgeous girls who worked so hard in the lead up to the competition.”
“These girls did this by themselves, they worked tirelessly to put themselves out there, to make a name for themselves,” said Celia.“There is great credit due to them both.”
Both beauties will continue to work with the Holman Lee Agency.
Roisin – who worked with Assets Modelling agency prior to the competition –hopes to further her career in modelling.
“I’m really enjoying it, it’s great! Modelling is definitely something I want to do,” she enthused.
Nollaig, meanwhile, says she will focus on her studies for now – she is studying media through Irish at NUIG – and modelling is probably something she will do on the side. “I wouldn’t rule out modelling,” she said, “I’m in my final year of college now, so I hope to take what I’ve learned and put myself out there, and hopefully make the big move to Dublin to work in media.”
Roisin is also a big supporter of the Mid-West Cancer charity and hopes to use her title to raise awareness of cancer.
Antrim girl Sacha Livingstone was crowned Miss Ireland and will go on to compete in the Miss World event in December.