The Miss Ireland pageant is almost upon as and Limerick lass Nollaig Malone is hopeful of taking the crown in Dublin at the end of the month.
Nollaig, a 21-year-old student at NUIG studying media through Irish, revealed to the Limerick Leader this week her reasons for entering the competition - and it is not to become famous or be a model.
“I’ve always wanted to enter and my mom was saying just do it, go for it, I really did it for my career. Having something like that on my CV would be great because I want to be a presenter on radio or else a television producer,” she said.
Since winning the Limerick qualifier, the 5’8” beauty has been taken under the wing of fashion queen Celia Holman Lee, with whom she is working closely in the lead up to Miss Ireland.
”I was not a model before Miss Limerick so I’m learning to become one, Celia has been great in that sense,” she said.
“Looking back at my first photo shoot, I didn’t know what I was doing. Now I’m starting to learn, like even where to put your hands and keeping your posture.”
The blonde beauty brushes off the stigma that can be attached to beauty pageants and modelling.
“All the girls are so lovely, I’ve actually made friends for life. We’ve enjoyed every minute, everyone is so supportive there’s no real cattiness or anything at all.”
The stunning Miss Limerick winner helps out with numerous charities including Friends of the Elderly, Spina Bidifa Association and Sophie’s Journey foundation.
“I’ve stuck to charities that mean something to me. I love that they’re local charities, I like to keep everything local, Limerick is such a great city.”
The Miss Ireland contest will take place on August 28 and Nollaig admits she will be a ‘bag of nerves’ but preparations are in full swing.
“I’m heading into ‘Be Fabulous’ today to get my dress,” says Nollaig. “It’s a big surprise, Will hasn’t told me anything about it, I don’t even know the colour.”
Raised on the Mill Road, and a past pupil of Gaelscoil Sairseal primary school and Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Nollaig has hopes of taking the crown and is clear in what it would mean to her.
“If I did win, I want to put Limerick on the map, in a positive way, as well as being an embassador for the Irish language on the world stage,” she added.