Miss Universe Ireland

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Miss Universe Ireland
Motto Confidently Beautiful
Formation 1961
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Dublin
Miss Universe
Official language
Andrea Roche
Rozanna Purcell
Website MUI Website
Agency website

Miss Universe Ireland is a national beauty pageant that has selected Ireland's representative to the Miss Universe pageant since 2002. Its national director is Andrea Roche, a former Miss Ireland who has also represented Ireland at Miss Universe 1998 and placed ninth overall.


In 2002, Andrea Roche Model Agency was awarded the rights to host the Miss Universe Ireland pageant and to send an Irish representative to compete at Miss Universe. This came in 2003 after the Miss Ireland Organisation changed owners and dropped the license of Miss Universe. Since then the organisation has been sending the Republic of Ireland's representative to the international beauty pageant.

Since Ireland's debut in Miss Universe 1961, it has yet to produce an Irish Miss Universe.

In 2007 and 2013, there was no Miss Universe Ireland pageant. Due to rescheduling the pageant to the following year. At 2007, It is the first time that Ireland will withdrew from the pageant. In 2013, Ireland also withdrew from the pageant. So it's two years that Ireland is withdrewing from the pageant.


Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

The winner of Miss Universe Ireland represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. Before creating of Miss Universe Ireland, the winner of Miss Ireland will be competing at the pageant respectively.

Year Miss Universe Ireland County Placement Special Awards
United States 2015 Joanna Cooper Derry TBA
United States 2014 Lisa Madden Cork City Unplaced
United States 2012 Adrienne Murphy Dublin Unplaced
Brazil 2011 Aoife Hannon Limerick Unplaced
United States 2010 Rozanna Purcell Tipperary Top 10
The Bahamas 2009 Diana Donnelly Dublin Unplaced
Vietnam 2008 Lynn Kelly Dublin Unplaced
United States 2006 Melanie Boreham Galway Unplaced
Thailand 2005 Mary Gormley Dublin Unplaced
Ecuador 2004 Cathriona Duignam Louth Unplaced
Panama 2003 Lesley Flood Limerick Unplaced
Puerto Rico 2002 Lisa O'Sullivan South Dublin Unplaced

By number of wins (county)[edit]

Below are the number of winners as Miss Universe Ireland (2002–present) according to the year in which they crowned.

County Titles Years
Dublin 4 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012
Limerick 2 2003, 2011
Derry 1 2015
Cork 2014
Tipperary 2010
Galway 2006
Louth 2004
South Dublin 2002

Miss Ireland 1961-2001[edit]

Since 1961-2001, the official candidate selected by Miss Ireland winners to compete at the Miss Universe pageant.

Year Miss Ireland Placement Special Awards
United States 1961 Jean Russell Unplaced
United States 1962 Josie Dwyer Unplaced
United States 1963 Marlene Margaret McKeown 2nd Runner-up Miss Photogenic
United States 1964 Maurine Elizabeth Lecky Unplaced
United States 1965 Anne Elizabeth Neill Unplaced
United States 1966 Gladys Anne Waller Unplaced
United States 1967 Patricia Armstrong Top 15
United States 1968 Tiffany Scales Unplaced
United States 1969 Patricia Byrne Unplaced
United States 1970 Rita Doherty Unplaced
United States 1971 Marie Hughes Unplaced
Puerto Rico 1972 Maree McGlinchey Unplaced
Greece 1973 Pauline Theresa Fitzsimons Unplaced
Philippines 1974 Yvonne Costelloe Unplaced
El Salvador 1975 Julie Ann Farnham Top 12
Hong Kong 1976 Elaine Rosemary O’Hara Unplaced
Dominican Republic 1977 Jakki Moore Unplaced
Mexico 1978 Lorraine Bernadette Enriquez Top 12
Australia 1979 Lorraine Marion O’Conner Unplaced
South Korea 1980 Maura McMenamim Unplaced
United States 1981 Valerie Roe Unplaced
Peru 1982 Geraldine Mary McGrory Unplaced
United States 1983 Roberta Brown 2nd Runner-up
United States 1984 Patricia Nolan Unplaced
United States 1985 Olivia Marie Tracey Top 10
Panama 1986 Karen Ann Shevlin Unplaced
Singapore 1987 Rosemary Elizabeth Thompson Unplaced
Taiwan 1988 Adrienne Rock Unplaced
Mexico 1989 Collette Jackson Unplaced
United States 1990 Barbara Ann Curran Unplaced
United States 1991 Siobhan McClafferty Unplaced Miss Photogenic
Thailand 1992 Jane Thompson Unplaced
Mexico 1993 Sharon Ellis Unplaced
Philippines 1994 Pamela Flood Unplaced
Namibia 1995 Anna Maria McCarthy Unplaced
United States 1996 Joanne Black Unplaced
United States 1997 Fiona Mullally Unplaced
United States 1998 Andrea Roche Top 10
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Vivienne Doyle Unplaced
Cyprus 2000 Louise Doheny Unplaced
Puerto Rico 2001 Lesley Turner Unplaced


  • In 2007 for the first time the Miss Universe Ireland pageant was not held.
  • In 2010 Rozanna Purcell was offered a contract with Trump Model Management after the Miss Universe 2010 competition ended, and was offered additional contracts in Mexico and Colombia.[1] She was then invited to judge at the Miss Venezuela 2010 pageant.
  • In 2013 the official national pageant was rescheduled for the following year therefore no pageant in 2013.


  1. ^ Horoscopes. "Roz offered contract by billionaire Trump - Around Town, Entertainment". Herald.ie. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 

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