Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Mayo women are world class and that’s official.

The county is set to be more than well represented in the 2019 Miss Universe Ireland finalists with all three of this year’s Connacht entrants from Mayo.

Karen McShea (Swinford), Kaylyn McGrath (Ballina) and Shona Tuohy (Castlebar) have all made the grade as 2019 Miss Universe Ireland finalists following a nationwide search for the 30 best ambassadors the country has to offer.

Miss Universe Ireland came under new management three years ago when international model, actress, activist, and businesswoman Brittany Mason became its director. Her objective is to use the event as a platform for cultivating job opportunities and empowering Irish women to be leaders and to create positive social change in their communities.

When asked what she is looking for in a Miss Universe Ireland representative, she replied: “What we want is a leader that will serve as a voice for the nation and the ideals of the modern day Irish woman.

“Not only will she represent our fashion and beauty sponsors but she will be an advocate for our charitable partners. She must have a clear understanding of the job and be committed to the integrity of the Miss Universe brand.

“She will serve as a goodwill ambassador for Ireland, celebrating our culture on a global level and empowering women in leadership to become more socially active in Irish communities.”

Three beautiful young Mayo women have been deemed to have made this grade, following the unveiling of the 2019 Miss Universe Ireland finalists last week.

They are Swinford native, Karen McShea, a qualified beautician and make-up artist who aspires to be a model; Kaylyn McGrath from Ballina, an accomplished musician and singer who has just set up her own piano-teaching practice and Shona Tuohy who hails from Castlebar and has already realised a major life goal in qualifying and working as a primary school teacher.

They will contest the finals in the Mansion House, Dublin on August 1.

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