28 June 2009

Diane Donnely Wins Miss Ireland Universe 2009

Twenty-two year old model Diane Donelly is the newly crowned Miss Universe Ireland 2009. The 1.75m Irish beauty was crowned last 26th June 2009. She will be representing her country to the 58th Miss Universe pageant to be held in the Bahamas on 23rd August.

Lyn Kelly, the outgoing Miss Ireland crowned her from a sea of 21 contestants who vied for the title. The Miss Universe Ireland is headed by a former Miss Ireland Andre Roche who was a semi-finalist during the Miss Universe 1998 in Hawaii, USA.

Ireland started competing at the Miss Universe in 1961. Sadly to say, no Miss Ireland has ever won the title. The closest attempts were in 1963 and 1983.

Marlene Margaret McKeown and Roberta Brown were Second Runners up in 1963 and 1983 respectively.