Cailin Aine Ni Toibin from Cobh in Cork after she was announced winner at the final of Miss Universe Ireland 2017 at The Mansion House,Dublin is congratulated by mother Sonya Tobin (Left) ,father Julian Smith and grandmother Anne Tobin (Right) Picture:Brian McEvoy

After claiming the title Miss Universe Ireland on Thursday 31 August, the 23-year-old now has her eyes firmly fixed on the Miss Universe International crown later this year.
Cailin Aine Ni Tobin was crowned winner of the annual Miss Universe Ireland competition held in Dublin’s Mansion House last week.
The East Cork woman was one of 30 girls competing for the national title and the opportunity to represent Ireland on the international stage.
The Cobh woman was picked by a panel of celebrity judges headed by Jay Scott Reid and blogger Ciara O’Doherty.
International fashion model, Brittany Mason, who owns the Miss Universe Ireland franchise, said she expected the Cobh woman to do well at this year’s event on 26 November (venue is yet to be decided).
“Not only is Cailin representing the people that are living on the Emerald Isle, she is also representing the Irish spirit that lives within 45million people around the world.”
Cailin who was second runner up in the 2015 national competition has chosen to use her platform to focus on mental health and homelessness in Ireland.
While mental health is Cailin’s main focus the Cobh woman said both homelessness and mental health are interlinked.
She said Homelessness in Ireland is immediate, overwhelming and horrifying. Over 133 children have died as a direct result of homelessness. Last weekend three people died on our streets, one victim a 30 year old homeless woman passed away in a Cork City doorway.
“Homelessness is not just about a drink and drug addiction, it’s about lost jobs and lost homes and there doesn’t seem to be a willingness by the government to deal with both the mental health and homeless crises. Its soul destroying to see homeless charities like Simon and St Vincent De Paul having to turn people away nightly. ”
Additionally the East Cork woman said she would like to speak to young people about mental health and hopes to become an ambassador for Pieta House, the centre for prevention of self-harm and suicide.
Cailin who works as a five star luxury brand advisor for Brown and Thomas and part time model is still in shock after last Thursday night’s event.
The 23 year old said she is “looking forward in representing Ireland and showcasing that we are a country that has amazing women that are confidently beautiful, intelligent and most of all driven to promote what we as a nation stand for when it comes to being an advocate for so many deserving charities that deal with society’s challenges such as mental health, women’s rights and much more.”
Sonya Tobin, the mother of the newly crowned Miss Universe Ireland, said she feels very proud of her beauty queen daughter.
“Wow we are just blown away” Sonya tells the East Cork Journal.
MS Tobin is also sure her daughter will be a fantastic Ambassador for Cobh and Miss Universe.
Cailin’s Aunt, Sinead Sheppard, a former member of pop group six and Cllr for the Cobh Municipality, said "It's great to see that Cailin has grown in such confidence. The entire family are thrilled, she is certainly a great ambassador for Cobh."

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