Wexford girl in Miss Ireland bid
Caitriona Cadogan is bidding to become Miss Ireland having qualified for the finals, which are taking place on Friday, August 28 in Dublin.
The 21-year-old Commerce and French UCC student from Duncannon said she is excited to be named the first Wexford woman to contest the competition, which was previously won by Rosanna Davison, in many years.
Caitriona said: 'It is the first Miss Wexford there has been in a number of years, so I'm delighted to be representing my county.' The daughter of Ann and Kevin Cadogan, Caitriona is the second youngest in a family of five.
A former student of Ramsgrange Community School, she has just completed her fourth year in college and is taking on a Masters in Food Marketing this year.
Caitriona said she would be honoured to win the competition and is looking forward to representing The Model County on the national stage. She is taking part in a few events to help raise awareness for a some well-deserving charities, including St. Louis Day Care Centre in Ramsgrange, the Puppy Rescue in Inistioge and Cumas in New Ross, prior to the competition. 'They are organisations which are close to my heart,' she said.
Caitriona was invited to compete in Miss Ireland having competed in a model search competition at UCC earlier this year. 'I got scouted and I was one of the models who were whittled down to be in the final in April.'
She was invited to enter Miss Ireland afterwards and qualified for the semi finals.
'It was great fun. I got through to the semi finals and then I became Miss Wexford.'
The talented pianist is one of 32 entrants. She plans to play for judges in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin and impress at the press call and on stage. She is sponsored by Place, Gorey, Whites of Wexford and Muriga skin essentials, Wexford.