The combined Miss Tipperary, Miss Limerick & Miss Clare (Miss TLC) virtual event will take place on Facebook Live this Sunday, September 27.
The Miss Tipperary pageant has acted as one of the main events of the summer social calendar for many years and this year, for the first time, the show will take place as a closed event and streamed live. This year also marks the unprecedented merger of the Miss Tipperary, Limerick and Clare events – a necessary step in order to present these events in a safe and regulated manner that adheres to all Covid safety regulations.
Event co-organiser Esme Mansergh Wallace said, “This has been an incredibly tough year for everyone, myself included, and there have been many times in the last six months that we considered giving up the idea of putting on this event. However, the Miss Tipperary, Miss Limerick and Miss Clare events have always represented hope and opportunity for the amazing young women of these counties. We strongly feel that for the year that’s in it, it’s more important than ever to provide hope and opportunity so we made it our goal to find a way to make this event happen in a safe and regulated way. We feel that have achieved this and we can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
Open to girls aged 17 to 28 interested in modelling, the Miss Ireland competition was established in 1947 and is one of the world's longest-running beauty contests. The pageant judges its contestants not only on beauty but also on other important traits such as interview skills, charity work, talent, health and fitness and appropriate social media skills.
The competition aims to build confidence and self-esteem in its contestants and has acted as a launching pad for many successful, empowering Irish women including Aoife Walsh, Sarah Morrissey, Andrea Roche, Amanda Brunker, Michelle Rocca and the 2003 Miss World winner, Rosanna Davison.
The competition has also brought success to many of the pageant’s finalists who have gone on to have huge success in modelling, entertainment, and social media such as Shauna Lindsay, Niamh Cullen, Lauren Guilfoyle, and Niamh De Brun.
The Miss TLC final will be streaming live on the ‘Miss TLC’ Facebook Group at 7pm this Sunday. To gain access to the group you must first purchase a ticket on the Miss TLC Eventbrite page.
Once you are granted access to the group you will find footage of pre-judging, exclusive interviews with our judges and special appearances from celebrity guests like Sinead O’Brien, Louise Cooney, Marty Guilfoyle and Shauna Lindsay.
For further information contact Esme at email@example.com
Meet the 2020 competitors
Chloe Doyle – 22 – Mental Health Nurse
Sponsor – Rouge Hair and Beauty & AQ Make-Up
“I think I should become Miss Tipperary as I believe I am a bubbly, kind, compassionate person and I think I would bring personality to the competition. As I have lost many close family members to suicide, mental health awareness is very important to me. I believe I could use this platform to send out the message that mental health is as important as physical health and I want to put an end to the stigma”.
Mary Carroll – 23 – Food Scientist
Sponsor – Sew Perfect Alterations
“I believe I should be the next Miss Tipperary as would be a great role model. I’m a hardworking, career-focused person who would put all of their focus into carrying out the duties of Miss Tipperary”.
Laura Lonergan – 26 – Registered General Nurse
Sponsor – Lonergan's Bar
“I think I should be the next Miss Tipperary because I would love to be in a position to make a positive impact on society. I have been through a roller coaster of a year – between a break up from a long-term relationship to changing career paths – I felt lost. I finally know who the real Laura Lonergan is and I feel confident to take on this challenge”.
Erin Mitten – 19 – Student
Sponsor – Raheen House Hotel & Pamela Scott
“I want to show young people that if they put their mind to something, they can do it. Especially for all the people who don’t think that they are confident enough to take part in certain things. I want to show them that if they push themselves out of their comfort zone, they can do things they might not have done originally.
Jessica Keane – 24 – Nurse
Sponsor – Brian O’Rourke Physio
“I like to think of myself as a good role model. I have a keen sense of integrity and community and I’m proud of who I am. I have worked in the epicentre of the pandemic in this country and I’m involved in charity work and volunteering”.
Maeve Yee – 22 – Student
Sponsor – Orchid garden Restaurant
“I entered Miss Tipperary this year to venture outside my comfort zone and try something I wouldn’t normally put myself forward for. I have a bubbly but quietly confident personality. I am someone who is caring, honest and hardworking. I love meeting new people and making the most of opportunities that come my way. I’m looking forward to being part of Miss Tipp this year and to meeting all the amazing girls who are on this journey with me”.
Shannon Brennan – 20 – Student
Sponsor – Ger Fox Electrical & Carla Walsh Jewellers
“It’s been a childhood dream of mine to win Miss Tipp ever since I watched Roz Purcell’s journey. I am very proud to be from Tipperary and living on the border, I find myself doing everything in Cork and am constantly assumed to be a lost Cork woman. Winning Miss Tipp would allow me to represent my county and remind everyone that I’m proud to be from Tipperary”.
Emma Kate Harris – 17 – Sales Assistant
Sponsor – Matthew Stephens Jewellers
“I think I should be crowned Miss Tipperary 2020 because I am a focused, level headed and confident young woman. I would also like to get involved in more charity work through the Beauty With A Purpose campaign. I want to be a role model for younger girls to step out of their comfort zone”.
Andrea O’Rourke – 21 – Student
Sponsor – Ciaran O’Flynn Jewellers
“I think I would be a great advocate for my county as I think I am a friendly, hardworking and compassionate woman. If I were lucky enough to become Miss Tipperary, I would devote a lot of time to promoting fashion and beauty brands that I love. I would also devote a lot of time to charity work as it’s really important to me”.