A TWENTY-year-old teaching student who has “the world at her feet” has been crowned Miss Limerick World 2012.
Deirbhile Lee who stands a statuesque 5’ 9” tall was chosen from a group of 19 young ladies in Molly Malone’s bar on Friday night and will now go on to represent Limerick on the national stage.
“I was absolutely shocked – I couldn’t believe it,” said Deirbhile who is a second year student in Mary Immaculate College where she is studying to become a primary school teacher.
Originally from Cork city, Deirbhile has been living in Limerick for the past two years and resides on the South Circular Road. “I absolutely love Limerick, it is like a second home at this stage,” continued Deirbhile who decided to enter the competition after being spotted by the Miss Limerick World organiser Michelle Meaney.
“I was going into Molly Malone’s on a normal Tuesday night out with the girls. Michelle was on the door and asked me would I like to take part and I said I would love to so I gave her my contact details.”
During last Friday night’s contest, each of the girls were required to take to the catwalk on three different occasions.
For Deirbhile it was an opportunity to put her modelling experience to good use. Deirbhile has modelled in the past with both the Holman Lee Agency and with an agency in Cork.
While her parents, Eileen and Gerard and sister Eilis couldn’t make it on the night, they were the first people she rang after her name was announced. She was supported on the night by her boyfriend Ian O’Sullivan and college friends. And thanks to Miss Limerick World she has made 18 new friends. “I have made a lot of great friends in the competition so much so that we’ve all arranged to head to the Limerick races this Thursday,” she explained.
Competition organiser Michelle Meaney said Deirbhile ticked all the right boxes. “She is very confident and has a real presence on stage,” she said.
Celia Holman Lee meanwhile, described her as “absolutely stunning”. “She will be doing a bit of work with us and she is studying to become a teacher - she has the world at her feet,” said Celia.