Newly crowned Miss Derry, Demi O’Hara has vowed to do everything she can to be a great ambassador for the city.
The Greysteel teenager says she still can’t believe she won the title, something she said had been a dream of hers since she was a little girl.
The daughter of Ann and Declan O’Hara, Demi is currently studying for her A-levels at Limavady Grammar School.
“Becoming Miss Derry has been a dream of mine for years, having idolized Ashleigh Coyle,” said Demi. “She asked me to enter last year. I had the most amazing experience and loved every minute of it. Meeting so many lovely girls was just a bonus. And when the opportunity came up and Ashleigh asked me to take part this year, I knew I just had to.”
Recalling the moment she was announced as Miss Derry 2015 at the glitzy event at the White Horse, she said: “I can’t put it into words, when Joe Carlin called my name out I completely froze. It felt like a dream to walk the catwalk for the last time and receive my flowers (sponsored by Sunflower Alley) and beautiful crown (sponsored by Bridal Showroom) I felt like a princess,” she said.
“Holding the title of Miss Derry is an honour for me, to have the chance to represent such a wonderful city is a dream come true. I hope to be a great ambassador for Derry throughout the year and I will do my very best to make my city proud. Now, it’s my turn to represent Derry at the Miss Ireland final held in Dublin on the 28th August with the hope of returning with the title of Miss Ireland.”
I hope to be a great ambassador for Derry throughout the year and I will do my very best to make my city proud.Demi O’Hara
Demi says her parents and brother Curtis have always been supportive.
“They’re with me 200 per cent, but I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my mammy. She has done so much for me and I know I’d be lost without her, she’s my motivation and inspiration to reach for my goals, forever telling me that ‘I can and I will’ and, of course, she’s my best friend,” said Demi.
The year ahead will be busy, something Demi is used to.
“I hope to kept busy during the year with shows and events with regards to Miss Derry. I am currently in the dance chorus of the up and coming Musical ‘Gutz’ written and produced my David Oliver which will be shown on the 11-13th June in the Alley Theatre.
“I’m attending a recall audition for the Millennium Forum’s annual pantomime this year, Aladdin.
“I hope to be successful, as I’ve been performing on the forum’s stage from the very young age of seven with dance school, Youth Theatre Productions, Londonderry Musical Society and in the junior chorus of the pantos every year,” she explained.
For the moment it’s back to the books. Regarding the academic year ahead, Demi has been accepted to the prestigious theatre school, Institute of the Arts in Barcelona
“I went to Sitges, Barcelona in February with my boyfriend Jonny to audition and I’m pleased to have been accepted to study BA(Hons) Musical Theatre for three years.
“However, funding is becoming an obstacle so, for the moment, I’m hoping to be accepted for scholarships/sponsorships to help fund my tuition and accommodation for the three years.
“I’m more than happy to stay at home and make the most out of my year as Miss Derry, and perhaps audition again next year for the Institute if my plans don’t work out, as my skills as a performer can only improve.”
Demi thanked Miss Derry 2014 Dearbhla Walsh, adding: “I know I have a lot to live up to, following in the footsteps of Dearbhla and Miss Derry 2013 - Ashleigh Coyle.
“I’d like to thank Joanne Hull who has acted as a second mammy to me, giving me advice and helping me on my way for the past 12 years, from when I started dance classes with Venessa Chapman in the Rainbow School of Dance.
Demi thanked sponsors Doire Dress Design, Equivalenza Ireland, Michael Jay love photography and Tony Webster of Big Bad Lama photography and Syenna Hairdressing.