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Emma Austin still on cloud nine after Miss Ireland

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*Emma Austin pictured with her parents Paul and Kathy.

Emma Austin is “still on cloud nine” following her successful outing in the Miss Ireland competition over the weekend.

From Shannon, Emma was named as the first runner up in the seventy second running of the beauty pageant. Nineteen year old, Chelsea Farrell was crowned Miss Ireland becoming the first ever Louth winner.

Of the thirty three participants, Clare’s represenative was closest to snatching the crown from Farrell. Twenty year old, Emma was thrilled with her final result. “I had the most amazing weekend ever, the Miss Ireland final was on Saturday and I’m still on cloud nine, I came first runner up which was a huge shock, it was honestly amazing, the whole experience was fantastic. The actual show itself was amazing, to be able to stand in The Helix and dance on stage and be able to talk on stage was huge for me especially”.

A social care student at LIT, she paid tribute to the organisers for putting together the production and was grateful of getting the opportunity to represent her county. “I made some of the best friends from it”.

Supporters from Shannon, Kilkishen and Limerick travelled to The Helix to show their backing for Emma, she said they made their presence known. “A massive thank you to everyone who was there supporting me on the night, they were the loudest people there but it was amazing”. Her parents Kathy and Paul along with her younger brother Ben were among those stretching their vocal chords in the capital over the weekend.

This wasn’t the first time in which the St Caimins Community School past pupil flew the county flag as she previously lined out at underage level for Clare in ladies football. The level of well-wishes from the public has increased for her latest outing and Austin is very grateful, “It’s been so nice to have everyone’s support, the support has been amazing”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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