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Ennis student to represent Clare in Miss Ireland contest

A TWENTY-YEAR-OLD student from Ennis will represent County Clare this year at the 75th Miss Ireland competition.

Derinn Finnerty is 20 years of age and has just finished her second year of studying Global Commerce NUIG. She is passionate about helping others and enjoys her role as an advocate for students, as she is the class representative for her course.

Miss Clare Derinn Finnerty at the official launch party for Miss Ireland 2022.

Derinn was diagnosed with severe scoliosis at 16 and is currently recovering from her third spinal fusion surgery to fix her spine.

She is working with Straight Ahead Ireland as part of her beauty with a purpose project to help raise funds for children with scoliosis.

Derinn hopes to be a role model for young people as she shows that when faced with adversity a positive attitude, determination and self-belief will help you achieve your goals in life.

Selections have taken place all over the country to find contestants from each county and the winner from each county will represent their county at the most spectacular ever Diamond Jubilee Miss Ireland show with 1500 in attendance on August 20 at the Royal Theatre Castlebar.

As Miss Clare, Derrin will represent her county and attend various awards, openings and engagements in her county over the next year as well as working on her various charity projects.

The 37 finalists vying for the Miss Ireland 2022 title were revealed at a sparkling white party last week for this, the 75th Diamond Jubilee of the competition.

The finalists arrived to House on an open top bus to celebrate in style and begin their Miss Ireland 2022 journey.

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