A 22-YEAR-OLD media student who’s also training to be a personal and nutritional coach has just scooped the glittering tiara to become this year’s Miss Carlow.
Derbhla Kelly from Tinryland, the daughter of Frankie and Martina Kelly, beat 20 other young hopefuls in the finals of the local beauty pageant. Derbhla is a student in University College Galway, where she’s studying media ‘as Gaeilge’, while she’s also training to become a coach to teach others to be fit and healthy.
She’s off now to the final of the Miss Ireland competition, which will take place in late August but, ahead of that, the next few months will be a whirlwind of weekends away, nightclub launches and glam photo-shoots.
Three other women, Rachel Williamson, Orfhlaigh Hennessy and Chloe Nolan, were also selected at the Carlow heat, which took place in The Tower, Dinn Rí and they’ll now go ahead to the national semi-final, which takes place in Dublin in June.
The four women were selected by a panel of judges that included the current Miss Ireland Niamh Kennedy, make-up artist Melissa Clarke, Rachid Zaouia, a TV chef, and Chris Kavanagh, who co-manages the Miss Carlow pageant.
“All the girls did absolutely brilliantly! It went fantastic – we had a lovely crowd,” Fiona Foley, who managed the event with Chris, told The Nationalist.