Friday 18 January 2019

Footballer Aoife lifts the trophy as our Miss Universe

MEET the ladies’ footballer crowned the new Miss Universe Ireland. Aoife Hannon (19) celebrated her big win last night in style by joining her nearest and dearest at a VIP afterparty at Bucks Townhouse.

The Kerry-born beauty was joined by her boyfriend of three years, Jason Brown, who had cheered her onto victory at the Burlington Hotel earlier in the evening. The brunette beauty explained how her win was perfect timing, given that she had planned to take a year out from studying Law and Irish at the University of Limerick. Aoife has never done any modelling previously but says she's looking forward to representing her country in Brazil.

“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. “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,.

Miss Naas Court Hotel, Hannah Devane, came in second place, while Miss Irish Sun Kate McDaid was crowned third. Miss Sligo Natasha Harty automatically made it into the top ten after being selected by viewers of Ireland Am. Disappointingly for Cork-born beauty Etaoin Ni hAilpin, however, she failed to make it into the top ten, with Miss Cork Anita O'Brien flying the flag for the rebels instead.

Last year's stunning Miss Universe Ireland Rozanna Purcell wowed in a full-length black dress as she handed over the crown to her successor. The Clonmel beauty later changed into a short multi-coloured dress to continue the party at Bucks. Among the other big names who attended last night's glitzy event were celebrity chef Conrad Gallagher and Herald columnist and VIP group boss Michael O'Doherty, who joined a host of Assets beauties at his table.

Former Miss World Rosanna Davison judged the beauty pageant alongside bride-to-be Pippa O'Connor, model Georgia Salpa and her Celebrity Salon co-star Aisleyne Horgan Wallace. Newly single Xpose presenter Lisa Cannon dazzled in a striking red dress as she co-hosted the bash with Ireland Am presenter Alan Hughes. lnolan@herald.ie

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