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Sunday 19 August 2018

It's a whole new ball game as Aoife swaps GAA pitch for catwalk as our Miss Universe

NEW GOAL: Now top player is eyeing global title fight in Brazil

HERE'S Ireland's newest beauty queen doing what she does best -- football.

Newly crowned Miss Universe Ireland (19) Aoife Hannon might have been named the most glamorous young woman in the country, but the stunning student is a force to be reckoned with on the pitch.

And as our picture shows, she isn't afraid to ditch the glam as part of her GAA duties.

Her strip is a far cry from the show-stopping gown she sported on Friday night, and her hair is tied back in a ponytail as opposed to the perfectly coiffed locks that earned her the title at the weekend.

As a newbie to the modelling world, Kerry girl Aoife has spent most of her recent efforts in perfecting her performance on the pitch rather than rocking it out on the catwalk.

And all her hard work paid off last year, when her team, the Listowel Emmets won the Munster junior seven-a-side Ladies Gaelic Football competition in July 2010.

Her determined nature will come in handy this September when she battles it out against more than 70 other beauties in a bid to win the Miss Universe title in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Despite competing against more seasoned catwalk queens, modelling novice Aoife outshone them all and won over the star-studded panel of judges with her natural beauty.



Amazing

Her win was perfect timing as she had planned to take a year out from studying Law and Irish at the University of Limerick.

"I'm so in shock, I cannot believe it. I entered on a whim. I didn't even expect to get into the top ten," she told the Herald after her win.

"Its just amazing. I play football with Listowel Ladies' football club. Two of the girls were there to support me.

"I can't wait to go to Brazil. It''s going to be an exciting couple of months ahead," said Aoife, who represented Miss Spin South West.

A close friend at the GAA club said that they are "extremely proud" of Aoife, who stunned the judges, including former Miss World and Herald columnist Rosanna Davison, in a show-stopping gold gown.

She was a surprise choice, beating punters' favourite and AR Model Hannah Devane, as well as Miss Irish Sun Kate McDaid, who was third.

And she was honouring her newfound VIP status as she celebrated her win with a night on the tiles with her family and friends, as well as a number of celebs in Leeson Street haunt Bucks Townhouse.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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