GAA brothers to miss Etaoin's beauty battle
SHE'LL have plenty of support from the Rebel county at tomorrow night's Miss Universe Ireland finals at the Burlington but it looks like aspiring beauty queen Etaoin Ni hAilpin's (right) GAA star brothers Sean Og, Setanta and Aisake will have to miss out on the festivities.
The stunning brunette has revealed to the Diary how it will be just the female members of the O hAilpin household making the journey to Dublin tomorrow afternoon due to a family bereavement.
Former Rose of Tralee contestant Etaoin explained how she won't be stuck for people to cheer her on however, with her mother, sister, boyfriend Niall Waters and a number of friends planning to be there.
The chatty model will represent Miss Whizzer Whitening Strips, after previous winner Dervla Louli had to pull out due to college commitments.
Etaoin previously made it as far as the Miss Ireland finals in 2009 and says having the experience behind her will help keep the nerves at bay tomorrow night.
"I think it definitely helps," she said. "I kind of know what to expect now, it won't be a shock to me and I suppose I won't be as nervous. A few of the gang from home are coming like my mam and my sister.
"My brothers can't make it but they're all really supportive, they don't think it's a bad thing," she added.
Ironically, Etaoin was one of the judges at this year's Miss Universe preliminaries in Cork and helped to pick Miss Cork, Anita O'Brien, whom she will now go head to head with tomorrow night.