Tipperary's Niamh Myles is over the moon after securing a place in the Miss Ireland 2018 final.
Ballylooby’s Niamh Myles entered Miss Tipperary five years ago but didn’t place anywhere. Taking heart out of the “enjoyable experience”, she pursued her dream of making a Miss Ireland final again this year, achieving one of two runner up spots at Miss Tipperary 2018.
Niamh, along with Carrick-on-Suir’s Ciara Danagher, made it through a wildcard night at Number Twenty Two nightclub in Dublin last month. The thrilled ladies will now join Miss Tipperary 2018 Robyn Barlow at the Miss Ireland final, which takes place at The Helix in Dublin on September 16.
“I’m 24 now and I thought it would be a really good time to enter again as the competition opens so many doors of opportunity. It has been a great experience so far, I have gained skills for life during the competition, made friends for life and learned a lot from the judges along the way,” a gracious Niamh tells Waterford Live.
“The wildcard night was amazing and I got to know more people heading into the final which is always a bonus. I couldn’t believe when I heard my name called out as a finalist and I was thrilled to hear Ciara Danagher called out too. I’m delighted that we got to share the experience together and look forward to going into the final with both Ciara and Robyn,” Niamh smiles.
Niamh has already achieved what she set out to do, now using the national platform with the purpose of bettering lives in the community. “My end goal was to reach the final and I have achieved what I set out to do at the beginning. But I’ve gained so much more in the process than I could have anticipated and anything from here on in is a bonus.
“One of the reasons I really like the Miss Ireland competition is because of the values it holds. It’s not just a beauty pageant - to me beauty with a purpose means using your title for the betterment of your community. This year I have fundraised for Mental Health Ireland with a friend of mine and I would like to continue to advocate for suicide awareness and raise money for Mental Health Ireland".
Niamh, who studied Economics and Portuguese at University College Cork and now works as a health insurance advisor, praises the “tremendous support” she has received from family, friends and colleagues. “My sister Eimear and best friend Orna in particular have been fantastic. They have travelled the country far and wide to support me.
“Miss Tipperary organiser Esmé Mansergh Wallace has been a huge help in preparing us. She has a wealth of experience in Miss Ireland and has a brilliant track record in the competition, so her advice is invaluable.
“My sponsors Niamh’s Massage and Beauty in Cahir have been phenomenal with their support and help since I began the journey in Miss Tipperary. It's fantastic to have a local business supporting me in a national competition,” Niamh adds.