Carrick-on-Suir woman (24) overcomes "shyness” to qualify for Miss Ireland 2018 final

County Waterford's Ciara Danagher "so thrilled" to represent Tipperary at Miss Ireland 2018 final in Dublin

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A Tipperary beauty with a purpose living in County Waterford has secured her place at the Miss Ireland 2018 final in Dublin this month.

Miss Tipperary 2018 runner up Ciara Danagher made it through a wildcard night at Number Twenty Two nightclub in Dublin last month, joining fellow runner up Niamh Myles and Miss Tipperary 2018 Robyn Barlow on the card for the Miss Ireland final, which takes place at The Helix in Dublin on September 16.

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Carrickbeg’s Ciara says her life has been a “whirlwind” since the Miss Tipperary final. “When I got selected for the Miss Ireland final I was so thrilled. I really wasn't expecting it at all because in my eyes the standard was quite high from all the other amazing girls. It was honestly one of my proudest moments to date, made all the better by having my family watching in the audience,” Ciara tells Waterford Live.

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Ciara got involved in the beauty with a purpose pageant because she wanted to do something "completely different". She is using the national platform to support local charities such as the St. Vincent de Paul charity shop and the River Rescue charity shop in Carrick-on-Suir. She is also working on a larger scale with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

Miss Ireland 2018 finalist Ciara Danagher.

“I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and challenge myself. I felt that by entering this competition it would push me to overcome my shyness and to get over my fear of public speaking. Anyone who knows me well knows that I'm a quiet, shy and reserved person and they were honestly shocked when I told them I entered.

“But after my success in Miss Tipperary and then in the Miss Ireland wildcard event, I can honestly feel a marked improvement in my self confidence. To begin with this experience was daunting, but as the contest progresses I feel more confident and I am getting more comfortable at public speaking,” Ciara continues.

Family life is blissfully busy in the Danagher household as 24-year-old Ciara combines Miss Ireland and wedding preparations.“Not only am I preparing for the main event, I am also busy with the preparations for my sister Clodagh and her fiancé Paul’s wedding which is coming up in October. So the Danagher household has never been as busy. From practicing our walks to rehearsals and outfit selection, my schedule is very busy. So a huge thank you goes out to my employers and workmates in Meany’s Shoes for all their support”.

Ciara also thanks Meany’s Shoes, Leonie's Beauty Boutique, Hard as Nails and Bríena's Beauty for sponsoring her. “The experience to date has been so much fun. I've met so many new girls and I believe I've made friends for life. I wish all my fellow finalists the very best of luck,” Ciara smiles.

Read Waterford Live's interview with Miss Ireland 2018 finalist Niamh Myles here