28 June 2009
Diane Donnely Wins Miss Ireland Universe 2009
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.