SHE is a favourite with the bookies to take the title but for Miss Limerick, Kellie McGrath, win or not, the Miss Universe Ireland competition which takes place this Friday night, is a “once in a lifetime experience” which she is going to make the most of.
Kellie, a native of Oola, qualified for the final of the beauty pageant three weeks ago when she was crowned Miss Limerick at the Strand Hotel.
“I’m really excited. I’m kind of nervous but they are good nerves. I am going to make sure I enjoy it because it is a once in a life-time experience so I just want to make the most of it,” said the 23-year-old who now lives in Birdhill.
The University of Limerick student – Kellie is studying Public Administration and has her sights set on becoming a primary school teacher - will be joined at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on Friday night by Listowel’s Aoife Hannon who was crowned Miss SPIN South West on the same night Kellie was crowned Miss Limerick.
Both girls will be up against girls from all over Ireland who qualified for the final.
And, like Kellie, Aoife is also a favourite with the bookmakers and is starting to feel the nerves. “I can’t wait – I am getting a bit nervous now about it,” smiled the 19-year-old.
Kellie and Aoife have been signed to the books of the Holman Lee Agency since their wins and according to their mentor, Celia, they are already representing Limerick well, even in these early days. “Even if they don’t win, they are two beautiful girls and they are both representing us very well,” she said.
Speaking about the chances of local girl Kellie taking the national title, Celia said she has “gone down a treat” since being crowned Miss Limerick.
“I have always felt that we have a great chance but the Miss Limerick this year seems to have gone down a treat. She seems very determined and her attitude going up there is to win which is very good for all of us,” she said.
“I wish them the best and I’m very proud that both Kellie and Aoife were picked in Limerick city – I know Aoife is from Listowel but she got her chance here in Limerick,” she said.