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Sunday 17 December 2017

TV nerves? Piece of cake after being in front of judge, says model garda Ciara

MODEL garda Ciara Quinn has revealed that standing up in court to give evidence in front of a judge and jury has helped her with TV appearances since becoming the Face of Ireland.

The Meath native told the Herald that her day job was the best preparation she could ask for when it comes to performing well in telly interviews as a pageant queen.

Ciara, who is based at Store Street garda station in the city centre, said: "I don't get nervous doing TV interviews at all. I've done a good few now.

"I'm used to getting up in court on a regular basis giving evidence in front of large crowds and a judge and to me, that's more nerve wrecking than doing television."

The 26-year-old beauty added: "Working on something like Xpose would be the dream job, to be surrounded by all that glamour all the time. But I don't think I'd leave my current position for anything, it's a long-term job and being in the Garda Siochana was always something I wanted to do."

But the brunette added she will still continue modelling, even when she gives over her Face of Ireland crown in October.

"I'm building in confidence and training myself for catwalk shows and editorial work.

"There are a couple of exciting things in the pipeline and I've a number of castings coming up, so it's all going great at the moment -- I'm excited about it."

Ciara recently signed to the books of new agency Rogue Model Management and is preparing to jet off to the US next month, to feature in the famous New York City St Patrick's Day parade.

The model, who is engaged to Mark Murphy (28), from Cork, will enjoy a seven-day stay in a top hotel in Manhattan before taking part in the festival extravaganza.

"Myself and Mark are going over for a week on March 14 and on the day I'm going to be in the actual parade. It's all quite top secret at the moment but it'll be wonderful -- I've never done anything like that before."

Due to Ciara's hectic schedule with both her policing the capital and her modelling role, she and Mark have been forced to delay their nuptials until next year.

labutler@herald.ie

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