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Could the 2017 Miss Louth be an Ardee woman?

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Miss Louth Melissa Shanley with last year's runners-up.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

The organisers of the 2017 Miss Louth competition are on the lookout for contestants for their year’s pageant – and are calling on girls from all over Louth to register for preliminary interviews. The search is sure to be an exhaustive one – but is this the year Ardee could finally have a Miss Louth?

The winner of the Miss Louth finals will go on to represent the county in the Miss Ireland contest, the longest running pageant in Ireland. Having began in 1947, it’s celebrated 70 years in existence this year. From the very beginning, Miss Ireland has been the starting point for many young women who have gone on to create successful careers. Many former contestants have described the experience as empowering – using it to help to build their confidence and self-esteem and hone their interview and media skills.

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The finals of the Miss Louth contest will take place at The Four Season’s Hotel in Carlingford on August 22nd. Before that, organiser Niamh McKeever will be holding interviews from 11am- 2pm and 3pm-7pm on August 5th. Girls, who must be aged between 17 and 27, chosen from those interviews will go on to compete for the crown of Miss Louth.

The winner will represent Louth in the Miss Ireland final which will take place in Dublin in October. Anyone interesting in registering to become a contestant for Miss Louth should contact Niamh on [email protected] or via the Miss Louth Facebook page. I am looking for ladies between the ages of 17- 27.

There will also be a fashion show for local boutiques held on the night of the Miss Louth competition. If anyone local boutiques are interested in featuring their boutiques collection, they are also advised to get in touch. Slots are limited so any stores interested are urged to get in touch quickly.

Miss Louth took a break in 2016 but previous winners of Miss Louth include Melissa Shanley in 2015, Fionnuala Short in 2014, Kerri Cahill (2013), Amira Graham (2012) and Yasmin Hamouda (2011). 2014 winner Short finished second runner-up in the Miss Ireland pageant that year.

Ardee itself has some recent history in the pageant market. During the short lived Ardee Turfman Festival, a Festival Queen was crowned each year in an event held at Luna Nightclub.

Marita Weldon, Leoni Conroy, Nicole Finnegan, Aoife Rogers, Louise Flanaghan were the winners from 2009 to 2013.

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