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Miss Laois secures place in Miss Ireland Grand Final with trip to Puerto Rico for World Final at stake

The recently crowned Miss Laois has qualified for the Miss Ireland Grand Final.

Portarlington nurse Alison Dyer, will take her place alongside another 29 county winners, at the national final later this year.

Originally, the plan had been for Alison to go forward to a semi final but due to Covid-19, organisers have decided that all county winners will now go through.

The winner of Miss Ireland 2021 will receive a lucrative agency contract and a host of prizes including jewellery, gowns, a professional photo shoot, beauty and hair products.

They will then go on to represent their country and take part in the 70th Miss World festival which will take place in the stunning Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico in December this year.

The 18th Century Killua Castle in Westmeath is the stunning venue for Miss Ireland 2021 which is scheduled for September 5.

The privately owned castle dates back to 1740 and has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

This year the final of Miss Ireland will be a spectacular outdoor show against the magical backdrop of this dreamy castle.

Current Miss World Toni-Ann Singh has been invited to jet in from Jamaica for the sparkling highly choreographed show which will feature a dramatic light display and an eclectic mix of music and entertainment as the 30 finalists descend a magnificent outdoor stone staircase to the castle gardens.

Brendan Marc Scully, Director of Miss Ireland, said: “Rainbows remind us of possibilities, opportunities and hope which is why we chose this theme to announce our finalists this year.”

“We are delighted to be able to bring back Miss Ireland with a kaleidoscope of colour after such dark times.

“The live event in September will also be live streamed and all preparations are and will continue to be fully compliant with to Government COVID19 health and safety guidelines for entertainment production”

Established in 1947, Miss Ireland has been the launch pad for many eminent, successful, and inspiring women in Ireland.

In recent years the Miss Ireland Franchise has raised over €250,000 for various charities including Laura Lynn, Temple Street, Alzheimer’s Ireland, Pieta House, The Cari Foundation and this year are proud to partner with Variety Ireland, an Irish charity helping sick, disadvantaged and children with special needs since 1951.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.