AN 18-YEAR-OLD college student from Newbridge will be hoping to make a big impression on the judges when she takes part in the Miss Ireland competition in Dublin later this month.
Rachel Williamson (18), the daughter of Catherine and Joe Williamson, found herself in the competition quite by chance, having never taken part in any such events before. While there was no official Miss Kildare competition, Rachel found her way into the title in a roundabout way.
“I got a message from the organisers of the Miss Carlow competition, asking me if I would enter so I said yes. I went along and ended up being the first runner-up. The way it works is that the winners of the county competitions go on to the final while the runners-up go into a semi-final.”
Ten girls are picked from the semi-finals to progress and Rachel was delighted to be one of the ten.
“It was a happy coincidence that I ended up as Miss Kildare. Everyone had to have a title and, because I’m from Kildare, and there wasn’t already a Kildare winner, I got to take on that title.”
Born and reared in Co. Kildare, Rachel attended the Holy Family Secondary School and will be starting college in a few weeks time, studying dance technique and choreography in Bray.
The competition, which takes place on Friday 22 September at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Dublin Airport, will see the contestants taking part in a cocktail wear and evening wear round before having a quick chat with the host on stage. Full interviews with the judges take place the night before the show.
Rachel said: “It’s been amazing so far. I’m delighted to have the title of Miss Kildare and someone said to me that you get out of it what you put in so I plan to make the most of it.”
As part of the competition, Rachel will be running a charity event in Newbridge – more details to come for that.
“I’ve never done anything like this before and I’ll definitely consider doing it again. I’m very excited for the final.”