LIMERICK has not one but two chances to win the Miss Ireland crown this year.
In addition to Miss Limerick Nollaig Malone, Miss Limerick North Roisin Cahill will also be vying for national attention.
Roisin, 22, who has just graduated with a first class honours degree in law and economics from the University of Limerick, is also hoping to use her role to raise attention and funds for the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation.
“I entered the competition this year because it’s something that has always been at the back of my mind and I just felt that if I didn’t enter, I would regret it,” she told the Limerick Leader.
Roisin, from Cratloe, started modelling with Assets Modelling Agency in Dublin, while she was still in Villiers secondary school in Limerick and is now working with the Holman Lee Agency.
“My experience in the Miss Ireland competition so far has been really positive and it’s all down to the people involved,” she explained. “As a wild card entry I was a little nervous about meeting everybody because I felt that they might already be great friends from previous Miss Ireland events but there was no reason for me to be worried.
“Everybody was so kind and welcoming and I already feel part of the family. The Miss Ireland contestants, like the contestants at Miss Limerick are all really great girls. We’re all excited and nervous but we’re all on the same journey.”
The next stage of the competition will be held in Dublin on August 28 next, and the winner will go on to compete in Miss World.
Roisin, who has worked in Brown Thomas and Matthew Stephens jewellers in the city, wished to thank the Ivory Closet, which will be sponsoring her dress on the night.
She is also a contestant for Miss RSVP Photogenic Ireland 2015 and the public can vote for her online. The winner of that competition will also be announced on the same date but will have no impact on who is crowned Miss Ireland.
Meanwhile, the Butterfly Ball in aid of the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation will take place on Saturday, October 3, at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa.
The money raised by the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation is used to enhance the Cancer facilities and to make sure that the best treatment, services and cutting edge technology is available to people with cancer in the Mid West.
“The services they provide are truly invaluable to the people of the Mid West,” added Roisin.