THE ORGANISER of Miss Universe Ireland has claimed there is “nothing mysterious” about why a Cork girl with no Limerick connections will represent the Treaty City and county in the final of the competition this weekend.
Andrea Roche, a leading model agent and former Miss Ireland, had initially declined to comment when asked by the Leader earlier this week. However, this Friday Ms Roche said that “unfortunately” no Limerick beauty was available as “no Limerick business this year chose to enter our event”.
Linda Creedon, a nurse from Douglas in Cork, who was a runner-up in Miss Universe Cork in March, will wear the Miss Limerick sash at the final in the Imperial Hotel in Cork this Friday night. Having shown interest in the competition, the 22-year-old went on to secure a place in the final after completing a second entry form online.
The Cork native said she was told that there was already a Miss Cork, and that it was Limerick she would represent.
“There is no obligation to be from the county,” Ms Roche told the Leader, adding that because it was “nice to have every county represented” Ms Creedon would wear the Limerick sash. ”There is nothing mysterious about this,” she said.
Brunette beauty Linda has no direct connections with the city or county – apart from the fact that her boyfriend works in Limerick. Ms Roche said that while the Miss Limerick would ideally be from the county, Linda “spends a lot of time there”.
Linda herself told the Leader: “My boyfriend works above in Limerick, so it was gas that I was chosen for Limerick, because I’d go up to visit him.”
The UCC graduate added that although it is a bit disappointing for her not to be representing Cork, “it’s great that the final is in Cork.
“Even though I’m wearing the Limerick sash, it’s nice to have the mix. I have a lot of friends who are nurses who would have came down here to college from Limerick, so it’s a bit of fun for them too. It’s nice to have their support.”
It has also emerged that Nollaig Malone, who is the current Miss Limerick World – Miss Limerick World is a separate competition to Miss Universe Ireland – was asked to take part in the final.
“I got a friend request from a guy on Facebook last week. He messaged me and said he was a representative for Miss Universe Ireland and that he was scouting for girls to enter,” explained Nollaig. “I just thought, ‘Oh my God this is class!’ I just got asked to take part. I didn’t have to compete to get into it or anything.”
Nollaig, however, had to decline the offer, leaving the way clear for Corkonian Linda to fly the Limerick flag.
Nollaig, who is studying media through Irish at NUI Galway, said she had to decline the request when she realised her final-year exams clashed with the pageant.
Former Miss Limerick, Shauna Lindsay, who resides in Limerick city, has been selected to compete in the final as Miss Love Irish Skin.
Ms Roche said that even though Shauna was not the official Limerick representative, “I think the people of Limerick should be delighted that they have a representative in Shauna,” adding that the 20-year-old was considered a leading contender for the crown.