Togher woman Effy Murphy has been crowned Miss Diamond Ireland and will now represent Ireland in Las Vegas next year.
The Cork mum who lost 10 stone in a single year after taking the drastic decision to have a gastric sleeve operation, netted the title at the weekend.
The competition took place in the UK. Collectively the participants raised £20,000 for charities.
Speaking about the win Effy said: "Two years ago I applied for Miss Diamond Ireland as a size 24 and was looking forward to Finals. Then Covid hit and the pageant was postponed twice. But we finally got there this weekend.
"I began a journey of self discovery and a new healthier me, while making over 150 appearances as Ms Diamond Cork and raising over €1600 for various charities. This weekend I competed as a size 10 to 12 and felt confident in myself and all the hard work, dedication and commitment I put in over two years as a Finalist. This weekend the Diamond finalists collectively raised over £20,000 for charity. I am so proud to have played a part in this! Go Diamonds.
"To everyone who kindly gave me cards and gifts this weekend - thank you! To the AMAZING audience who was clapping and cheering for me ! This means so so much. Thank you and also everyone who watched the live feed."