A hopeful Miss Ireland says her famous politician mother inspired her to follow her dreams.
Ine Duff, 25, who was crowned Miss Meath in June, says seeing her mother, EU Financial Services Commissioner Mairead McGuinness, succeed in politics gave her the confidence to reach for the stars.
Aine will compete against a host of women to become the 75th Miss Ireland next month in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. She said: “Mum never pressured me or my siblings to be successful.
“I think because we know everything she’s accomplished so much, it’s always been in the background, which is what I wanted to do for myself too.
I was always the kid that went into mom’s closet and put on her heels
“I think seeing Mam working in a male-dominated space has shown me that I can achieve anything I set my mind to and the only person really stopping me is myself.
“She’s so supportive and I’m very lucky to have her.”
It was also dressing up in the clothes of her politician and ex-journalist mother that sparked her passion for fashion. “I was always the kid who would go into Mom’s closet and put on her heels. I’ve always loved fashion.
“I really want to work in the industry and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to apply for Miss Ireland, to branch out and meet people and socialize. I studied styling and fashion so I really want that to be a part of my future.”
Aine said she didn’t expect to reach the final.
“Honestly, I didn’t think I’d make it through. I was the last girl called out that night to say I was a finalist so they really kept me on the edge of my seat.
“I was totally shocked, I think I told my mum and sister that night to get the car ready so we can drive off quickly, so I really didn’t think I’d get that far.
“It’s a great opportunity and I’m just going to do as much as I can for the year.”
It seems talent runs in the family as Aine’s sister, Meath footballer Orlaith Duff, will take on Kerry
All Ireland final tomorrow at Croke Park.
Orlaith was in the team for Meath’s historic final win over Dublin last year but according to Aine there is no sibling rivalry. “My sister plays for the Meath football team, so I had to step in somewhere to represent Meath,” she said.
“I’m actually going to be in Lisbon for the weekend but I’m sure I’ll find an Irish bar that shows it and I’ll be cheering for it all the time.
“I was away when they won the All-Ireland last year too, so maybe that’s a good omen.”
Aine is hosting a charity afternoon tea event for Meath Women’s Refuge and Support Services on August 7th at the Newgrange Hotel in Navan.
See eventbrite for more information.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/mam-showed-me-i-can-achieve-anything-miss-ireland-finalist-is-daughter-of-eu-commissioner-mairead-mcguinness-41878254.html “Mam showed me that I can achieve anything” – Miss Ireland finalist is the daughter of European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness