A Buncrana beauty has spoken of her experience competing in the Miss Ireland finals, which took place in Dublin last week.
Aisling Dougan-Cleary, who lives in the town, was chosen as the 2014 Miss Tyrone in May. The 20-year-old’s grandmother comes from the county.
As part of her prize, Aisling competed in this year’s hotly-contested Miss Ireland finals, which were held in Dublin. Over the “whirlwind” weekend, she appeared in various national newspapers and was involved in intense rehearsals for the finals.
Speaking to the ‘Journal,’ Aisling described the experience as “amazing.”
She said: “We had to go down on the Thursday and I was sharing a room with Miss Tipperary. Linda Creedon. That night, we attended a launch party of a new bar in Dublin and the next day, we had to attend a press call at the Ballsbridge Hotel. Our pictures appeared in the national papers the next day.”
The contestants then went straight into rehearsals until 6.30pm that evening, with Aisling, who recently graduated with a degree in Psychology, describing them as “fun, but tiring.”
“We had to rehearse in the shoes we were doing the show in, so my feet were killing me,” she laughed.
Saturday saw each girl being interviewed, before the show took place in front of a sell out audience that night .Aisling’s parents Roisin and Stephen, boyfriend Cathal Crossan and a number of her friends attended the finals to show their support.
She disclosed she was “very nervous” before the show began, but these dispersed once she got on stage. While Aisling didn’t make the final seven, she said she “never expected” to do so and was delighted just to be able to compete.
“It was an unbelievable experience,” she said.
Aisling will continue as Miss Tyrone for the remainder of the year, while undertaking her teaching diploma in London.