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 Picture:Brian McEvoy

Las Vegas bound Miss Universe Ireland, Cobh woman Cailin Aine ni Tobin says she is not deterred by Sunday’s mass shooting that claimed the lives of 59 people and seriously injuring hundreds.
The 23 year old Cobh woman who is currently filming a video to sell the Great Island on the international stage, is set to travel to Las Vegas next month to represent Ireland in the 66th international competition.
Ms Tobin said while she found the violent scenes in the gaming capital “horrific” she was still determined to take part in the international event.
“I’m pretty nervous but we can’t let something like this stop us from going about our everyday lives. Generally there is a large security presence at Miss Universe because one hundred odd girls are taking part. Hopefully it will be similar for Las Vegas.”
The pageant will take place on the 26 November at the Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino just 2 blocks from where gunman Stephen Paddock, 64 opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel late Sunday night during an open air music festival taking place below.
As police try to determine a possible reason behind the attack, Islamic State have taken ownership for the violence, despite investigators ruling out any links with international terrorism.
Some investigators have suggested the retired accountant had a history of mental illness, but there is no evidence of this.
International fashion model, Brittany Mason, who owns the Miss Universe Ireland franchise, was faced with the horror of Las Vegas as friends had been caught up in the tragedy.
The former girlfriend of Leonardo de Caprio said it was a difficult 48 hours as she tries to come to terms with the events which unfolded.
“It’s like my back yard. I used to work there I’ve spent the past two days trying to get information on my friends, thankfully they all got out with minor injuries. It’s not just the U.S. acts of terror like this are happening. It’s happening in the world around us. It’s even happening in Spain. What the world needs now is peace and unity.”
Ms Mason said it’s becoming frighteningly too easy to obtain high velocity weapons in the U.S.
She said she was looking forward to Cailin representing Ireland and showcasing what how safe the country is without weapons.

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