first_imgDearbhlá Walsh pictured with her family after winning Miss Earth Northern Ireland.Dearbhlá Walsh pictured with her brother Davitt.A Donegal girl has been crowned Miss Earth Northern Ireland after a glitzy and glamorous bash which was held at the City Hotel in Derry on Sunday night.Dearbhlá Walsh, 22, from Kerrykeel beat off stiff competition from the other nine finalists to be crowned Miss Earth Northern Ireland. Dearbhlá qualified to participate in the competition because her mother Siobhan is originally from the city.Dearbhlá was absolutely overwhelmed to win the competition and is excited at the prospect of representing Northern Ireland at the Miss Earth World competition which will be held in Austria in December.Dearbhlá is a third-year Quantity Surveying student at LYIT and is the sister of well-known former Finn Harps and Derry City player Davitt Walsh.The theme of the Miss Earth competition is to promote environmental awareness and discuss the issues affecting climate change. She wowed judges with her presentation on the importance of developing and implementing sustainable buildings all over the world.Dearbhlá spoke passionately about the subject and blew the judges away with her knowledge on the area.Dearbhlá spoke at length about the importance of Earthship, which is a type of passive solar house made up of both natural and recycled materials.The judges were former Big Brother runner-up Ashleigh Coyle, former City of Derry Mayor Brenda Stevenson and Miss Earth franchise holder Louise Browne and all of them unanimously chose Dearbhlá as the winner.A delighted Dearbhlá told Donegal Daily, “I’m just so happy to have won the competition, it was an amazing feeling.“Alongside Miss Universe and Miss World, Miss Earth is one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals and one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. “So to win Miss Earth Northern Ireland is just unbelievable and I’m so excited about going to Austria in December for four weeks in preparation for the Grand Final.Dearbhlá disclosed that all of the reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote specific projects and often address issues concerning the environment and other global issues through a whole host of different avenues.Dearbhlá added, “I previously held the title of Miss Derry in 2014, and as a result of winning that I went to Miss Ireland and also I came top 7 in Miss Universe Ireland which was another wonderful experience.“I am now on my next leg of my journey representing Northern Ireland on the international stage of Miss Earth World! “I will be competing against 110 other countries for the Miss Earth World title which will be held in Vienna, Austria in December.As part of the pageant I will be spending four weeks in Austria in preparation for the Grand Final which will be televised so I can’t wait for that and I just want to thank all my family and friends for all their incredible support!“I’d also like to thank all my sponsors Nikita Mc Causland Hair Extension Salon, Derry. Restaurant Sage, Letterkenny, Active Clothing and Embroidery, Bridgend and Tokyo Boutique Letterkenny for sponsoring my evening gown.DONEGAL GIRL WINS MISS EARTH NORTHERN IRELAND BEAUTY PAGEANT was last modified: July 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more