Dana shone on stage

DUNDALK stunner Dana McNally did the town proud in the semi-final of the Miss Universe Ireland competition on Friday last.

DUNDALK stunner Dana McNally did the town proud in the semi-final of the Miss Universe Ireland competition on Friday last.

The 24-year-old from Muirhevnamor, who is studying for an MA in Accountancy at DkIT, impressed the judges but unfortunately, didn’t make it into the top ten.

Nonetheless, Dana really enjoyed the star-studded Burlington Hotel event and would consider entering the competition some other time.

“It was absolutely brilliant. The judges included Georgia Salpa, Rosanna Davidson and Pippa O’Connor,” said Dana.

“There were 26 contestants, and everyone was so nice. We had a lot of fun rehearsing for the event, and I will try to keep in touch with a lot of the girls.”

Dana was encouraged to enter the competition by her boss, Neola Killeen, owner of Neola boutique on Riverlane, and had to wear four outfits including an evening dress, a day dress, jeans and a white tank top and a bikini.

Two of her outfits were from Neola including an Oscar-style, full length purple dress by Mimi Froufro; a pink Lana dress, Seven For All Mankind jeans, and Mimi Froufro shoes covered in Swarovski crystals.

She also wore a white French Connection halter-style dress day dress. Dana already models for the Neola website so she had some experience that stood to her on the night.

Prior to the competition, Dana had been a little nervous about taking part in the bikini section, but overcame her nerves when it was time to step out on stage in her bikini.

“We had rehearsed for it all day and Sarah McGovern had shown us what to do so we were very confident when we went on stage,” she said.

Dana’s mum and dad, Mary and David McNally were among a group of ten who went to the Burlington to support her. Neola boutique owner, Ms Killeen said: “We were very happy to be able to use a local girl to represent us in the competition.”

For more details visit www.neola.ie.