Local beauty queen Demi competes for Miss Ireland

Miss Derry, Demi O'Hara.
Miss Derry, Demi O'Hara.

Greysteel teenager, Demi O’Hara is determined to make Derry proud when she competes to become the next Miss Ireland.

“I have had the most amazing time leading up to Miss Ireland, having been crowned Miss Derry on 28th May. It’s like I’ve entered a new world,” Demi told the ‘Journal’.

Miss Derry, Demi O'Hara

Miss Derry, Demi O'Hara

“The photo shoots, the press calls and interviews are completely new to me, but I am soaking up, enjoying and making the most out of every minute. I love it.”

Demi, who is celebrating her recent A-level results from Limavady Grammar School, said she had met some wonderful people on the ‘Miss Ireland’ journey.

“I went to the Miss Ireland events not knowing what to expect. I assumed with 32 of us all competing for the one crown it would be quite competitive but, in reality, I can honestly say I have met some of the most genuine and friendly girls in my life. We have a group chat and it never stops, the girls are brilliant,” said Demi.

The teenager said the dream is to win Miss Ireland.

Demi O'Hara, Miss Derry.

Demi O'Hara, Miss Derry.

“I know I have my county behind me in this competition and it would be a privilege to have my country behind me if I go on to represent Ireland in Miss World in Sanya, China in December. I know I would make the most out of my year and use my title in the most beneficial way for myself and my country but, as for now, I’m delighted with my current title and how far I’ve come since I was crowned. I have met some of the most wonderful people and this experience is something I will never forget,” said Demi.

Since becoming Miss Derry, Demi says she has been able to work with local charities, an experience she has found very worthwhile.

“I’ve been helping to promote Derry through the LegendDerry Charity Calendar posing as Miss Derry for one of the months. I’m also delighted to have worked with many charities based in Derry such as Foyle Hospice and Aware. I am both proud and privileged to say I am from such a wondering county and have this opportunity to represent it on a national level,” she said.

The Miss Ireland Final takes place tonight in Dublin’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Miss Derry, Demi O'Hara (third from right) with Miss Ireland contestants.

Miss Derry, Demi O'Hara (third from right) with Miss Ireland contestants.

“I would also like to thank everyone, all my family and friends who have supported me up until now. I hope I can do you all proud in the final and in my reign as Miss Derry,” added Demi.

Demi is also a contestant for Miss RSVP Photogenic Ireland 2015 (No. 7 - Miss Derry) and the public can vote for her online at http://rsvpmagazine.ie/poll-miss-rsvp-photogenic-2015-in-association-with-miss-ireland/ The winner will also be announced tonight.