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modelling is now main focus as fionnuala finds plenty of work

Beauty queen Fionnuala Short is on the road to becoming Ireland's next top model since signing with Andrea Roche's agency, the Diary can reveal.

Fionnuala was the runner-up at this year's Miss Ireland pageant, and at just 18 years old she is commanding more jobs than her peers in spite of only signing to the agency six months ago.

The Co Louth stunner is dedicated to furthering her career as she travels from Dundalk every day for modelling work in Dublin.

"Since Miss Ireland and I signed with the Andrea Roche Model Agency, I've been so busy," she said.

"I'm still living in Louth at the minute, but I'm hoping to move really soon. I'm moving in with my friend Jessica Hayes (inset), the current Miss Ireland.

"I either get the bus or my mom drops me down. It will be so much better when I move to Dublin," she added.

Fionnuala, who was crowned Miss Louth earlier this year, has been hard at work shooting campaigns for glam clothing store Cari's Closet and appearances on Ireland AM. She has taken a year out from her pending studies to focus on modelling full-time.

"I never really thought that I was going to do it full-time, I thought I might end up doing it in part-time or at the weekends. I had no idea what to expect before Miss Ireland," she admitted.


"I was in a shop one day and got a call from Andrea Roche saying she'd love to sign me. I thought it was as prank.

"I'll see how the year goes, if I'm still busy - I'll play it by ear.

"I'm taking a year out now, I plan to go back over the next few years. I want to focus on modelling right now. I will definitely go back, I'd like to study Communications, I just don't know when. I'm still young," she added.

Her future flatmate Jessica has also put college on the back burner to focus on her modelling career but intends to return to UCC to finish her degree in Business Studies.

Fionnuala's curvy figure might position her as the next Georgia Salpa, but the brunette bombshell says she's been busy with fashion work.

"I'm lucky I can do a bit of everything. I'm not super skinny, but I'm slim.

"In Ireland, you have to be able to a bit of everything though. There's a lot of Irish girls doing amazingly well and Ireland is doing very well at the minute in terms of modelling," she added.