IT may be renowned for its beautiful ladies but Limerick is also making the headlines for its handsome men!
University of Limerick student, Leo Delaney, who claimed the Mr Ireland title for 2012 last week, is set to follow in the footsteps of former title holder, Kamal Ibrahim.
“It will be a great honour to represent Ireland at Mr World and I’m really looking forward to the event,” said 22-year-old Leo, who was crowned Mr Ireland at the final in the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin last week.
“I’m absolutely stunned. I did not expect to win so I’m delighted,” he said.
Leo, who is a model with the Holman Lee Agency, moved to Limerick five years ago from Dublin.
“I moved down for the high performance centre,” explained the handsome modal, who is an accomplished swimmer.
He is now concentrating on his studies at the University of Limerick – he is a fourth year student studying construction management and engineering.
The newly crowned Mr Ireland beat off tough competition from four other finalists to pick up the coveted title and will go forward to represent the country in the Mr World contest in Kent, England on November 24.
Leo is the first Mr Ireland to be crowned since Limerick’s Kamal took the title. The Thomondgate man then went on to win the Mr World title in 2010.
“Obviously Kamal’s success sets expectations high so I just intend to do my best and give it my all,” said Leo, who is being supported by his girlfriend Martha McDermott from Castleconnell.
Leo will now join the other Mr World finalists in Kent this Friday, where they will be pushed to the limits and tested on their strength, intelligence and abilities. They will attend army boot camp, perform military drills and tackle the assault course.
The aspiring Mr Worlds will also be assessed on their media skills and their catwalk and sporting skills, while each contestant’s personality will be closely monitored.
This year’s Mr Ireland judges were Aisling O’Dwyer from the Paul Goldin Clinic, model and presenter Lisa Nolan, Xposé’s Declan Leavy, Roz Flanagan of Dublin Housewives fame and photographer Evan Doherty.