CORK has strong representation in this year’s Miss Ireland competition, with six entrants from the county in the running for the 2022 title.
The 37 finalists for the 75th diamond jubilee of the competition were revealed at a party at House in Dublin. All of the finalists from Cork will represent their local area and attend various awards, openings, and engagements over the next year, as well as working on charity projects.
Miss Cork is Saoirse O’Shaughnessy, a 22-year-old living in Coachford. She is a full-time care assistant in the emergency department of Cork University Hospital and recently qualified as a personal trainer.
Eve Mullins, 21, from Whitechurch is Miss Cork City. She is studying early years and childhood studies in University College Cork (UCC). She hopes to pursue a career in special needs teaching and complete a PhD in autism studies.
Chloe McCarthy, who lives in Passage West, is representing Cork East. She is also studying early years and childhood studies in UCC and wants to pursue a career in occupational therapy. The 20-year-old entered Miss Ireland to heighten awareness of and raise funds for ME, a neurological disease that she was diagnosed with nearly four years ago. She wants to spread awareness of invisible illnesses and show that just because someone looks OK does not mean you know their story.
Sofia Labus, 19, from Ballyvolane, is this year’s Miss Cork North. Sofia recently sat her Leaving Cert and hopes to study criminology in UCC.
Meg O’Mahony, 21, who lives in Greenmount, is Miss Cork People’s Choice. She is starting to study business information systems in Munster Technological University (MTU) and has completed a degree in art and design.
Completing the line-up of Cork entrants is 25-year-old Carol Ryan from Blackrock, who is Miss Cork Southeast. Carol, who has graduated from MTU with a bachelor’s degree in business, business management and entrepreneurship, is a business support manager specialising in cybersecurity.
The winner of this year’s Miss Ireland will be chosen at the diamond jubilee show on August 20 at the Royal Theatre Castlebar.
They will receive an agency contract and a host of prizes including jewellery, gowns, professional photo shoots, and beauty and hair products. She will also represent Ireland at the Miss World Festival, which is televised in over 100 countries. The winner will also enjoy a trip to the Maldives to do a photoshoot later in the autumn.