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Aoife O’Sullivan, Miss Ireland 2018

Wednesday, 31st October, 2018 4:45pm

Name and position: Aoife O’ Sullivan, Miss Ireland 2018

Age: 23

Lives: Ballinadee, Bandon

Family:  My parents’ names are Mike and Liz O’ Sullivan. I have a 21-year-old brother, Tadhg, who is in UCC and a 17-year-old sister, Shona, who is in secondary school in Bandon.

Pets: I have a Labrador named Alfie!

Favourite thing about Cork: My favourite thing about Cork is the coastline and beautiful beaches. I was lucky enough to grow up by Garretstown Beach and Kinsale Harbour.

Least favourite thing about Cork: The morning traffic into the city centre.

One thing you’d change about Cork: Another Zara to be on Patrick’s Street.

When you were small, what did you want to be as a grown-up?

I always wanted to be a teacher from a very young age. My mom tells me how I used to pretend all of teddy bears were my students.

Tell us about your career progression to your role today:

I studied to be a primary school teacher in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick and graduated last year. When I was in second year of college I entered Miss Ireland, and I came third in 2015. I waited until I was finished my degree to re-enter, and I was crowned Miss Ireland 2018 on 17 September this year. Since then, I have taken a break from my teaching career and handed in my notice to St Maries of the Isle National School in Cork city as I will be travelling to China for a month for the Miss World Final.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of what you do?

The most enjoyable aspect of being a teacher is the students. I love watching them grow and make little successes on a daily basis, and we always have fun in the classroom.

To date my favourite part of being Miss Ireland is the variety of the job. Every day I am up to something different, whether it’s doing interviews, attending events, shoots, filming projects and preparation for Miss World.

What motivates you?

I like challenging myself and advancing on a personal level. I think it’s really important to set goals and tick them off as you hit them.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?

To always be grateful and appreciate everyone in your life. There is always something to be thankful for.

If you weren’t in the job you have, what would you be doing?

Teaching my senior infants class, who now have a lovely new teacher!

What is your greatest life or career achievement to-date?

Winning Miss Ireland 2018.

Who has had the biggest influence on you in your life?

My grandmother. She always believed in my ability, and also inspired me to be a teacher.

What is the life dream now?

To be Miss Ireland has always been a dream of mine, so for now I’m just going to live in the moment and soak it all in!

How do you switch off?

Relaxing in the sitting room with a cup of tea.

What is your favourite Cork memory?

Going to matches and training around Cork city and county with my dad and brother. My dad would usually be involved in training a team, so Tadhg and I loved the excitement of getting to be in on all the action in the pitch.

What is your favourite place in Cork?

One of my favourite places is the Scilly Walk in Kinsale. The views from there are gorgeous as it looks across the harbour of Kinsale.

Do you have a favourite quote or motto?

Work hard, dream big and your vision will become your reality

When are you at your happiest?

When I’m eating! I love eating out and being wined and dined.

Any regrets?

No, none to date.

What is your hidden talent?

I love musical theatre. When I was younger I used to go to speech and drama, and took part in many musicals and on stage productions. It’s something I would definitely like to go back doing when I have more time.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

That’s enough for now!

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