A young doctor working at a Kerry hospital during the height of the pandemic has been crowned the new Miss Ireland 2022.
Itle winner Ivanna McMahon (27) beat the competition of 36 other finalists at the 75th Miss Ireland held at the Royal Theater in Castlebar, Co Mayo last night.
Hailing from Ennis, Co Clare, she competed as Miss Munster and said she was “really on cloud nine” after winning the weekend’s competition and will be competing at Miss World this December.
“It was honestly so surreal. I was completely shocked but absolutely delighted and so grateful that they chose me. When they called my name it was like an out of body experience,” she told independent.ie.
She’s also an accomplished musician who plays multiple instruments and entertained attendees at last night’s event with a harp and a unique rendition of Florence + the Machine’s “Cosmic Love.”
When asked what made someone in general practice training want to do something so different from their day-to-day life, Dr. McMahon that this is exactly why she wanted to enter the competition.
“I had just completed my first year on the GP program and was working at University Hospital Kerry after graduating from UCC in 2020 during the Covid pandemic.
“So I worked all the time. It was obviously a very busy and hectic time, but I was so grateful and delighted to have been able to contribute,” she said.
“They actually brought our exams forward so we could come out and work on the front lines and it was very hectic for everyone working during that time. Everyone did an absolutely great job and I was so grateful that I was able to make a small contribution. Everyone really stuck together.”
She also contracted Covid while working in hospital and tested positive on New Year’s Day but said she was lucky not to have become too ill at the time.
dr McMahon, who is taking time off from her medical work, has never modeled before but said she has always had a passion for fashion and makeup and the pandemic spurred her to throw her hat in the ring.
“When I was in college, I would have put my career and studies first, but after working for two years during the pandemic, I felt like I needed something else after such a comfortable but stressful time wanted to do,” she said.
“I wanted to do something that would get me out of my comfort zone and try something new – something I would never have done before. I think Covid has made it clear to everyone that there should be no regrets. I didn’t want to wake up in ten years and regret not pushing myself to do something like this. That’s why I’m incredibly happy about the win.”
She also paid tribute to her predecessor Pamela Uba, a South African-born scientist who made history in 2021 by becoming the first black Miss Ireland as an “amazing role model and inspiration”.
“I have big shoes to fill and will wear the crown with pride,” she said.
This year’s competition partner was TanOrganic along with Variety Ireland, an Irish charity that helps vulnerable children and people with special needs, with various fundraisers taking place in recent months.
To date, the Miss Ireland franchise has raised over €350,000 for charities including LauraLynn, Temple Street and Pieta House.
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