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SHEmazing! presenter Lisa Kavanagh got up close and personal with all the behind-the-scenes gossip at this year’s Miss Ireland 2015.

Now on S! TV, we have all the details from the top girls in the business.

We first chat to Valerie Roe, one of the Judges for the event and she explained how Miss Ireland is all about empowering women.

Next we caught up with Miss Ireland 2014, Jessica Hayes and she told us what she will miss most about her crown.

Finally, judge and blogger Suzanne Jackson gave us her inside knowledge of the beauty biz and what she is looking out for in the new girls.

Take a look at the video to find out more!


Since being crowned as Miss Ireland last week, Jessica Hayes has received some negative attention from Twitter and Facebook trolls who have been calling her ugly. However, the 20-year-old beauty, who is from Cork, says she doesn’t let it get her down:

“There have been a few comments on some of the [Miss Ireland] pictures saying that I’m ugly and stuff like that but I don’t let it faze me.

“For every one bad comment there are 50 good ones so you can’t let them affect you.”

We’re glad to see that Jessica is taking these negative comments in her stride – we’re not sure we’d be able for that kind of attention at 20-years-old! And she is most certainly NOT ugly in our book!




We have a new Miss Ireland – Cork student Jessica Hayes!

Jessica represented as Miss Buck Whaley’s – the Dublin nightclub – and was stunned to hear her name announced at the ceremony in the capital last night.

The 20-year-old Business Studies student said, “I am just so shocked. I am just so, so happy. I entered last year and thought I would not be as nervous this time but I was ten times worse.

“I hoped for the best and to get in the top eight was absolutely fantastic but when they announced I had won I just could not believe it.”

First runner up last night was Shannon Howe, 20, representing Dublin Central

This year broke new ground with the first Irish Traveller competing for the title – Miss Kilkenny Sarah Jane Dunne.

The winner was chosen by a nine-strong panel of judges including the 1984 and 2006 Miss Ireland winners Olivia Tracey and Sarah Morrissey, TV3 Xposé presenter Aisling O’Loughlin, Miss World representative Krishna Naidoo and Dublin Housewives star Roz Flanagan.

Presenters for the evening were Elaine Crowley, of TV3’s Midday show, and TV personality Ray Shah.

Last year’s Miss Ireland, Aoife Walsh, handed over the crown and said the new winner was guaranteed a year she would never forget.

“My life has changed so dramatically throughout my time as Miss Ireland. It has truly been a life-altering experience,” said Aoife.