FOR the first time ever, young ladies hoping to progress from the Miss Limerick World pageant to the Miss Ireland World competition will no longer have to meet a height requirement.
In the past, for young women to be selected for the competition they had to stand at least 5â€™ 7.5â€ tall.
â€œThe height requirement has knocked out so many beautiful girls in my time,â€ explained model agent Celia Holman Lee who organises the Miss Limerick competition.
â€œThere was always, always a height factor in relation to these competitions. I do remember being at the Miss World a long time ago in London and I remember looking at Miss China and Miss India and they werenâ€™t that tall but that was back a long, long time ago â€ she emphasised.
â€œFor as long as I can remember, height was always a requirement but not any more which is wonderful. The current Miss Tipperary and Miss Ireland, Aoife Walsh, brought about the change. The girls can be any height now, it doesnâ€™t matter.â€
And, in another break with tradition, the Miss Limerick and Mr Limerick competition will be held this year on the same night.
â€œThis is fantastic,â€ Celia continued. â€œThis is the competition that our very own Kamal Ibrahim went through.â€
While a date is yet to be fixed for the Miss Limerick and Mr Limerick competitions - they will take place in the summer - those interested in taking part can contact the Holman Lee Agency.
Miss Limerick will go forward to compete at the Miss Ireland World competition later in the summer.