Miss Limerick & Miss Clare 2019
On Thursday, July 18 the final of Miss Limerick and Miss Clare 2019 pageant took place in Opium Nightclub downstairs at Bar 101 Limerick.
The Miss Limerick pageant has acted as one of the main events of the city’s summer social calendar for over three decades. This year marked the return of the Miss Clare competition for the first time in three years, with the winners going forward straight to the Miss Ireland Final in September.
The MC for the event was former Miss Clare Lauren Guilfoyle who now works as a Physiotherapist, Sports Journalist and Social Media personality. This year, for the first time, the show had a new creative team running the competition including yours truly, Former Miss Sunday World and Miss Tipperary Esme Mansergh Wallace and owner of Blue Streak Events, James Hayes. James and his team are launching a new website in September, which will be a mental health resource for students called BeLimitless.ie. There were four judges on the night including Limerick’s own Social Media Superstar, Sinead O’Brien, Miss Ireland 2018 Aoife O’Sullivan, Mr. Ireland 2018 Wayne Walsh and RSVP Magazine Showbiz Editor Mikie O’Loughlin.
We are delighted with how the event went and the response and feedback we've gotten from the contestants, their families and everyone who attended. We had a very short window to make this happen so the pressure was on but with the event management experience and expertise of James, the Miss Ireland experience of Esme and my own knowledge of the modelling and entertainment industry we managed to put on a show that did justice to the Herculean effort put in by all involved.
There were three overall winners of the night. Emma Austin was crowned Miss Clare 2019, Christina Alcazar Deverell won Miss 101 Limerick and finally, Ciara O’Halloran was named Miss Limerick 2019.
Ciara, 23, from Raheen, Limerick is a Technology Management Graduate student at the University of Limerick and is very passionate about persuing a career in engineering. Ciara has represented Ireland in Basketball and Tag Rugby on nurmeous occasions and is currently playing a high level of rugby. Being crowned Miss Limerick has been a dream of Ciara’s from a young age as her grandmother was the 1963 Miss Limerick and her aunty also won Miss Limerick in 1990.
Christina, 20, from Castleconnell was born and raised in Ireland to a Spanish dad and an Irish mum. She is currently studying Journalism and New media in the University of Limerick and dreams of writing for a fashion magazine or work in PR for a fashion house or beauty brand. Christina hopes to use her platform as a Miss Ireland finalist to become an ambassador for anti-bullying and mental health as she thinks it’s important to educate kids about their mental well-being from a young age, preparing them with coping skills if they ever were to suffer with their mental health.
Emma, 20, from Shannon Co. Clare is a Social Care Student at Limerick Institute of Technology. She is currently working in Northside Family Resource centre in the youth department as an after school worker and summer camp leader. She is extremely delighted to have won the title of Miss Clare and Looks forward to representing Co. Clare in the Miss Ireland Competition in September. As Miss Clare Emma wants to use her platform to work with local charities in Co. Clare along with trying to promote the importance of volunteering and giving something back to her local community.
We also decided to award a fourth prize, Miss BeLimitless, to acknowledge the bravery of one of the contestants. The fearless Katie Woods, 22, from Ennis took the title of Miss BeLimitless.ie. During her interview with Lauren, Katie courageously told of her own personal struggle with mental health. Katie is the first amputee to ever compete in a beauty pageant in Ireland.
The winners of Miss Limerick, Miss Clare and Miss 101 Limerick will compete in the final of Miss Ireland 2019 in The Helix in Dublin in September. Open to girls aged 17 to 24, the Miss Ireland competition was established in 1947 and is one of the world's longest running beauty contests. The pageant judges its contestants not only on beauty but also on other important traits such as interview skills, charity work, talent, health and fitness and appropriate social media skills.
The competition aims to build confidence and self-esteem in its contestants and has acted as a launching pad for many successful, empowering Irish women including Holly Carpenter, Aoife Walsh, Sarah Morrissey, Andrea Roche, Amanda Brunker, Michelle Rocca and the 2003 Miss World winner, Rosanna Davison.
The competition has also brought success to many of the pageant’s finalists who have gone on to have huge success in modelling, entertainment, and social media such as Shauna Lindsay, Niamh Cullen, Niamh De Brun and our MC Lauren Guilfoyle.
On behalf of the team behind Miss Limerick and Miss Clare I would like to thank all of the amazing sponsors for all of their support on this year’s double final.
Thank you to Caroline & Siobhan from The Zipyard for being the title sponsors of Miss Limerick and Miss Clare. Thank you to Tony, Lenny and all the team at 101 Limerick, the official venue partner to the Miss Limerick & Miss Clare final, launch and after party. Thank you to the gorgeous Leanne Moore and all the team at Go Gym Limerick and the lovely Michelle O’Brien from Alexandra Dental for sponsoring our prizes for the winners. Thank you to all the team at Blue Streak Events for their tireless efforts in editing and producing our social media content. To The Limerick City Hotel, The Sports Factory, & Killaloe River Cruises, thank you for your continued support as commercial partners of our event.
A huge thank you to The Beauty Atelier - Sarah Morris-Dineen for acting as make up artist for the event and to Shear Creations by Stacey Collins for acting as hair stylist.
Thank you to our amazing photographer Paudie Bourke and our Videographer Dylan Reid.
Finally, thank you to the 2018 Miss Limerick Beibhinn Haren. Beibhinn helped raise €1300 for LauraLynn Children's Hospice and has been a credit to her county during her year as Miss Limerick. We would like to wish Beibhinn every success with all of her future endevours.