STILL bamboozled by the win that saw her crowned Miss Universe Ireland, Cailín Áine Ní Tobín can’t wait to represent her country on the world stage.
The 23-year-old from Cobh said the achievement hadn’t yet sunk in, but she was still enjoying the buzz of Thursday night’s victory.
After her win at the Mansion House in Dublin, Cailín did a little celebrating and woke early yesterday morning for a TV interview on Ireland AM.
Two years ago she competed in the Miss Universe Cork leg of the competition and won, but was knocked out of the Miss Universe Ireland rounds when she came second runner up.
“In the last two years I just grew up, changed jobs and I won it this year so I suppose this year was my moment.
“From now, I will represent Ireland in Miss Universe on November 25, at a location that as of yet isn’t 100% confirmed, but we know it’ll be Stateside. One of my first red carpets, which I am absolutely flabbergasted by, will be in Canada next week, representing one of my sponsors. I will be walking the red carpet for the Canadian Film Festival. “Other than that I will do charity work for my platform, which is mental health and I look really forward to helping the likes of Pieta House and going to schools and doing talks on mental wellbeing.”
The driving force behind choosing to raise awareness for Pieta House was that someone close to her attempted suicide.
“Luckily enough they are coming out the other side of that and they’re doing well, but it just puts life into perspective. There isn’t enough talk about mental health in Ireland. I feel that it just really needs to be talked about and pushed forward in schools, so I hope I can go to schools and really push my platform.”
Cailín has also battled mental health issues, having suffered from anxiety in school. To even apply for Miss Universe Cork was a huge undertaking, she said.
“At the moment, I’m just overwhelmed by it all. It’s amazing to be able to say I am Miss Universe Ireland. I am so proud that I can represent Ireland on an international platform. The competition isn’t just about being a pretty face. It’s about really working hard and showing that women are really hard workers.”