Aiming to become Miss Ireland 2010
LAURA REPRESENTS WEXFORD UNDER 'THE GRANNY RULE'
LAURA SCANLON from Templeogue will carry the Wexford colours into the Miss Ireland contest next weekend, thanks to the competition's version of the granny rule. The leisure management graduate will enter the fray at the D4 Berkeley Court hotel in the race to succeed Laura Patterson as Miss Wexford, thanks to her links with Ballindaggin near Enniscorthy.
Her Nana Mae (Byrne) hails from Coolree, in the heart of Duffry Rovers country, and her greataunt Eilish Atkinson still lives in the area. The Model model, daughter of Maureen and Pat Scanlon, has visited the home place and has spent holidays in Gorey but admits that she is very much Dublin based.
A former All-Ireland title winning runner, she has been engaged in modelling and promotional work since taking her degree from D.I.T. Her modelling agency suggested that she should enter the beauty pageant as Miss Wexford after learning of her connections to the county.
'I jumped at the opportunity to do it,' said Laura, who now finds herself among the favourites to win the competition and the chance to go to China for a crack at the Miss World title. She hopes that her Wexford connections will help her to garner votes in a tele-poll being conducted on the 'Ireland AM' television programme to select the most photogenic among the thirty-plus contestants.
Laura was educated at the Sancta Maria school in Rathfarnham where she excelled as a middledistance runner.