Dublin contestants shine at Miss Ireland 2022 – and secure first and second runner-up positions

by Rose Barrett
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The Miss Ireland title for 2022 may have gone to County Clare’s Dr Ivanna McMahon, and the Rose of Tralee title to Westmeath’s Rachel Duffy but there’s no doubting the success of our Dublin entrants in the national Miss Ireland 2022.

Held on Saturday, August 20 at The Royal Theatre Castlebar, Dublin was represented by five stunning and articulate women – and two of them, Miss Dublin Central, Jasmine Gerhardt, was announced first runner-up with Miss Dublin, Katie O Connor announced the second runner-up!

Miss Dublin Central Jasmine (24) who hails from Clonee, near Blanchardstown is a law graduate and has just finished her Masters in European Law and Human Rights, along with being a model.

Only a few days after the national beauty competition, she spoke to national media about the trauma of realising all her social media accounts had been hacked. Following her success in the competition, she had received numerous emails and offers of contracts – only to find days later that all her accounts had been hacked and had to be shut down.

Stunning Katie O’Connor from Tallaght was thrilled to be announced second runner-up and the People’s Top Model choice on the night.  A make-up artist, a part time model and a talented dancer, this stunning 18-year-old was once diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis at the age of 11.

Only seven years ago, she was diagnosed with the condition which can develop in teenagers for no apparent reason. Having danced since the age of three, Katie underwent a seven-hour-spinal fusion surgery four years ago and thankfully, the corrective surgery was a success.

Despite her painful physical condition, Katie continued to dance with Xquisite Dance and worked her way back to the dancefloor following her surgery – and later became an All-Ireland champion in both ballroom and Latin dancing.

She even represented Ireland at the World Championships in Armenia last November, she proudly told the Gazette.

The other Dublin contestants included bubbly Miss Dublin City, CeCe Tiesoh from Blanchardstown, who studied Dental Nursing at Trinity College and is currently working as a nurse and model.

Representing Dublin South was 23 year old Kate Coffey who lives in Ballsbridge.

A model and volunteer with the Capuchin Day Centre, she has just completed a Master’s course in Marketing and Retail Innovation at Smurfit Business School in UCD, having previously achieved an Hons Degree in Economics and Politics.

Miss Dublin West, 19-year old, Britney Madondo, a film and broadcasting student and content producer completed the capital’s quintet of talented and articulate young women at this year’s Miss Ireland competition.

Sponsored by TanOrganic, the theme for Miss Ireland 2022 was ‘Our World, Our Future’ focusing on climate change, the environment and global citizenship. Each of the contestants had to choose a charity or cause for their ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ project in conjunction with the national competition, and raise funding for their chosen charity.

Miss Ireland, Dr Ivanna McMahon from Ennis, Co Clare, studied medicine at University College Cork, and later worked at Tralee General Hospital before opting to take time out to pursue a career in modelling/pageantry.

As part of her prize for winning the national title, she will receive a lucrative agency contract and prizes including gowns, jewellery, professional photo shoots, beauty and hair products, etc. She will further represent Ireland at the Miss World Festival, which garners massive coverage across the globe.

PHOTOS – BRIAN MCEVOY

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