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Miss World Ireland
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss World
Miss Earth
Miss Charm
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Miss World Ireland is a national Beauty pageant in Ireland. Winners of the competition represent Ireland at Miss World. Among the winners are Rosanna Davison, who went on to win Miss World 2003, and Pamela Uba, who in 2021 became the first black woman to win the Miss Ireland title.

Miss Ireland 2008, Sinéad Noonan
Miss Ireland 2007, Blathnaid McKenna


The first winner of Miss Ireland was Violet Nolan in 1947.[1] The next winner, Eithne Dunne, came 5 years later in 1952.[1] Thereafter there has been a winner every year except 2020, when the competition was cancelled due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2003 the winner, Rosanna Davison, went on to win Miss World 2003.

In 2012 the winner Marie Hughes, representing County Mayo, was stripped of her title when it was discovered that she was "too old", as she was aged 25 and would have been 26 at the time of the Miss World competition. She was replaced by the runner-up, Rebecca Maguire, aged 20.[2]

In 2021, following the cancellation of the competition the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pamela Uba became the first black woman to win the Miss Ireland title.[3]


Color key
  •   Declared as Winner
  •   Ended as runner-up
  •   Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Miss Ireland Placement at Miss World
1947[1] Violet Nolan (Dawn Beauty)
1952 Eithne Dunne
1953 Mary Murphy
1954 Connie Rodgers
1955 Evelyn Foley
1956 Amy Kelly
1957 Nessa Welsh
1958 Susan Riddell
1959 Ann Fitzpatrick
1960 Irene Ruth Kane Top 10
1961 Olive Ursula White Top 15
1962 Muriel O'Hanlon
1963 Joan Power
1964 Mairead Cullen
1965 Gladys Anne Waller 2nd Runner-up
1966 Helen McMahon
1967 Gemma McNabb
1968 June MacMahon Top 15
1969 Charlotte Delamere
1970 Mary Elizabeth McKinley
1971 June Glover
1972 Cathy Talbot
1973 Yvonne Costelloe
1974 Julie Ann Farnham Top 15
1975 Elaine Rosemary O'Hara
1976 Jakki Moore Top 15
1977 Loraine Bernadette Enriquez
1978 Lorraine Marion O'Connor
1979 Mary Hegarty
1980 Michelle Rocca
1981 Geraldine Mary McGrory Top 15
1982 Roberta Brown 6th Runner-Up
1983 Patricia 'Trish' Nolan Top 15
1984 Olivia Tracey 6th Runner-Up
1985 Anne Marie Gannon Top 15
1986 Rosemary Elizabeth Thompson Top 15
1987 Adrienne Rock
1988 Collette Jackson
1989 Barbara Ann Curran Top 10
1990 Siobhan McClafferty 1st Runner-up
1991 Amanda Brunker
1992 Sharon Ellis
1993 Pamela Flood
1994 Anna Maria McCarthy
1995 Joanne Black
1996 Niamh Marie Redmond
1997 Andrea Roche
1998 Vivienne Doyle
1999 Emir-Maria Holohan Doyle
2000 Yvonne Ellard
2001 Catrina Supple
2002 Lynda Duffy
2003 Rosanna Davison Miss World 2003
2004 Natasha Nic Gairbheith
2005 Aoife Mary Cogan
2006 Sarah Morrissey
2007 Bláthnaid McKenna
2008 Sinéad Noonan
2009 Laura Patterson
2010 Emma Waldron Top 7, Miss World Talent
2011 Holly Carpenter
2012 Rebecca Maguire
Marie Hughes Dethroned[2]
2013 Aoife Walsh
2014 Jessica Hayes[4]
2015 Sacha Livingstone
2016 Niamh Kennedy[5]
2017 Lauren McDonagh[6]
2018 Aoife O'Sullivan Miss World Sport (Top 24)
2019 Chelsea Farrell Miss World Head to Head (Top 20)
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2020
2021 Pamela Uba[3] Top 40, Miss World Talent (2nd Runner-Up) & Miss World Sport (Top 32)
2022 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no pageant in 2022
2023 Ivanna McMahon[7] TBA
2024 Jasmine Gerhardt[8] TBA

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Miss Ireland - Legacy". Miss Ireland. 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b O' Regan, Mark (2 May 2012). "Tantrums and tiaras as Miss Ireland stripped of title for being too old at 25 to be beauty queen". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 October 2021. JUST days after she was handed her Miss Ireland crown, Marie Hughes has been dethroned after it emerged she was too old to enter the beauty competition. Miss Hughes was officially stripped of her title on Sunday after organisers inadvertently discovered during a routine conversation that she is 25 -- and not 21 as originally believed. ... The surprise news has paved the way for the competition's first runner-up, brunette Rebecca Maguire (20), to represent Ireland in China in four months.
  3. ^ a b "Pamela Uba: First black Miss World Ireland reveals she's suffered racism and bullying since win". Sky News.
  4. ^ "Miss Ireland 2014 winner announced". rte.ie. RTÉ. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Miss Tipperary crowned winner of Miss Ireland in glitzy bash". irishmirror. 21 September 2016.
  6. ^ "18-year-old Lauren McDonagh from Donegal is crowned the new Miss Ireland". independent.ie. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  7. ^ "MISS MUNSTER IVANNA MCMAHON CROWNED MISS IRELAND 2022". goss.ie. Retrieved 7 March 2023.
  8. ^ "MISS DUBLIN JASMINE GERHARDT CROWNED THE WINNER OF MISS IRELAND 2023". goss.ie. Retrieved 5 November 2023.

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