Miss Limerick and Miss Spin South West crowned

Aine Fitzgerald


Aine Fitzgerald

A BUBBLY blonde University of Limerick student has been crowned Miss Limerick 2011.

A BUBBLY blonde University of Limerick student has been crowned Miss Limerick 2011.

Reinforcing the old adage – “if at first you don’t succeed...”, Kellie McGrath was named the winner at the second time of asking. Last year Kellie was crowned Miss SPIN South West runner-up, in the same beauty pageant.

“Never give up – God loves a trier!,” joked the 23-year-old County Limerick native after the announcement was made on Wednesday night at a glittering gala event at the Strand Hotel.

“It was second time lucky for me. I actually can’t believe it. The standard was so high - to win is just the biggest compliment ever. I’m so overwhelmed,” she smiled.

A native of Oola, Kellie, who is studying Public Administration at the University of Limerick, has her sights set on becoming a primary school teacher.

“I’m just about to go into my final year of Public Administration so I hope to do a H-Dip after I finish,” she said.

While she is now living in Birdhill, County Tipperary – her parents moved there about two years ago – Kellie says she is very much a proud Limerick woman.

“I think everyone is proud of where they are from but I think that it’s very much instilled in Limerick people and obviously I’m no different. It’s a huge undertaking to be Miss Limerick and it just makes me more determined to do well. I’m thrilled.”

Describing herself as an “outdoorsy person” Kellie loves water sports and the great outdoors. Her father Noel is the former assistant governor of Limerick prison.

And the question all the boys will want an answer to - does Miss Limerick have a special someone in her life?

“I do indeed,” she enthused. “He is a Galway boy, Mark O’Reilly. He is not actually here tonight. He is a musician so he plays in Limerick all the time,” she added.

Kellie shared the spotlight on Wednesday night with 19-year-old Aoife Hannon from Listowel who was crowned Miss SPIN South West 2011.

Both Aoife and Kellie were chosen from a group of 30 girls who were all vying for the titles.

“I can’t believe it – they are such an amazing bunch of girls,” gushed Aoife.

The Kerry girl was studying Law at the University of Limerick last year but decided the course wasn’t for her.

She has taken a year out to work and hopes to return to study next year.

“I would like to study Sports Science,” she explained.

Following their win, both ladies were immediately signed to the books of the Limerick-based Holman Lee model agency.