Model Aoife's car lands her in court
Former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh has been fined €150 for failing to have an NCT cert when she was stopped by a garda patrol.
The Clonmel native, who wore the Miss Ireland crown last year, has become the second beauty queen to be fined for motoring offences after Gemma Reilly, who was crowned Miss Limerick in 2010, was fined €500 last week after pleading guilty to speeding.
Aoife (25) was stopped by gardai at Oola, Co Limerick, on April 17 this year and an inspection showed she was not displaying a current NCT disc.
She was fined €150 for the offence Limerick District Court and given four weeks to pay it.
Aoife, who has three third-level degrees - arts from UCC, a masters in business management from University Limerick and a postgraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin - had no comment to make about the incident when contacted by the Herald.
The stunning red-head put her teaching ambitions on hold to compete for the Miss Ireland competition.
The model is signed with the Andrea Roche agency and admitted to being an inexperienced model when going for the crown.
But since she won the competition she says she has made a trademark of her flowing red hair.
Last week Gemma Reilly made the headlines when she pleaded guilty to speeding at 187kph in a 120kph zone on the Ennis to Gort motorway on March 3.
Reilly, of Riverpoint Apartments, Lower Mallow Street, Limerick, was driving her mother's Mercedes 220 at the time.
"My orthodontist is based in Galway and I was extremely late for an appointment. I was driving my mother's car and didn't realise how fast I was going," she said.
"I'm usually very diligent. I have never been speeding before."