On September 14th, 33 county representatives and their supporters will be out in force for the final of Miss Ireland 2019. This year marks the 72nd Miss Ireland and the event has only improved with age. It continues to grow and evolve and has become a key date in the Irish social calendar.

This year’s theme is ‘TRAVEL’ and guests will be taken on a journey across the world in a spectacular choreographed show in The Mahony Hall. This will be followed by a gala black-tie dinner in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood. The entire evening will be hosted by presenter and stylist Brendan Marc Scully and former Miss Ireland, model, and influencer Aoife Walsh.

Miss Galway Emma Healy
Miss Galway Emma Healy
How did it feel to be crowned as this year’s Miss Galway?

At first, I was shocked that I had won as it was my first time ever to put myself forward for an opportunity like Miss Galway. When I got the phone call to let me know I had won, I was quite nervous since I didn’t know what to expect. Stepping out of my comfort zone to enter the competition was a big step for me and has had an incredibly positive impact on my life. Since being crowned as Miss Galway, I feel like I have more confidence in myself and am happy to work hard to pursue my goals.

What does it mean to you to represent your city and county at a national level? 

I am delighted to be representing County Galway, the county I was born and grew up in. I don’t take this title lightly; I hope to continue fundraising for local charities and making a difference locally throughout the year. So far I have raised €1,400 for this year’s Miss Galway charity partner Cancer Care West and will host a Coffee Morning in aid of Variety Children’s Charity this Thursday, September 5th at 9 am in The Skeff Late Bar & Kitchen.

Why did you decide to enter the competition? Do you feel the win was positive? 

Initially, my father saw an advertisement in the Galway Advertiser and both he and my mother encouraged me to enter. At first, I was a little apprehensive as I have always been quite a shy person who lacked confidence. I decided to go for it as it could only boost my confidence and I figured it would be an excellent experience, and sure ‘why not?’. Yes, I do feel the win was positive. I am having an amazing experience and I’ve met some amazing people so far in my journey, including working with influential local people such as Amber Doyle of DNA Nightclub and The Skeff, Caroline Downey of Carried Away PR, Sarah Mason of Sarah Mason Professional and Mandy Maher of Catwalk Modeling Agency to name but a few.

How have you been preparing for the Miss Ireland contest? Have you been busy? 

All of the contestants have to attend photo shoots, rehearsals, fashion shows, and other events every Sunday and they are almost always held in Dublin so I usually spend my weekends preparing for that. During the week, I go to Educogym in Knocknacara to get in shape for the competition. I am also very busy with planning my charity events and meetings with my sponsors. I also work in Dunnes which makes it difficult to squeeze everything in but I am enjoying every minute of it and wouldn’t change it for the world. 

What would winning the Miss Ireland Title mean to you? How would you hope to make an impact with the title? 

I would love the opportunity to win Miss Ireland and I would be so proud to represent my country on a global scale. I would love to get more involved with charity work on an international level and make a difference in people’s lives. I would also love to be a role model for young girls and to teach them that they can achieve anything that they work for as a year ago I never would have expected to be where I am now, representing Galway. I would love to help girls to gain confidence and believe in themselves. 

Miss Ireland’s tag line is ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ with a focus on charity work and giving back to the community. Is charity work an aspect of the title that you enjoy? 

Yes, I held a table quiz and raffle in the Skeff on the 13th of August in aid of Cancer Care West. It was a huge success I really enjoyed organizing it and the night itself went so well. I am also planning another fundraiser in the next few days in aid of Variety Ireland who are a voluntary organization who help children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs so I am looking forward to that. I think that Beauty With A Purpose is a very important title as it proves that there is more to beauty than what’s on the outside.