Buncrana’a Leah hoping to be named Face of Ireland

PAGE 11 Leah WaldronA BUNCRANA woman is hoping to become the Face of Ireland after reaching the final of the national competition.

Leah Waldron will represent Donegal at the prestigious Face of Ireland competition in Dublin next month where she will compete against 16 other young ladies from throughout Ireland. The Face Of Ireland is an ambassadorial search to represent Ireland at a national and international level. It also supports various Irish charities such as Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.

The winner of the competition will fly to New York in March to headline the St. Patrick’s Day Parade where they will represent their country as an ambassador.

But for make-up artist Leah it would be more important for her to be involved with the Face of Ireland’s charities, in particular GRASP Life foundation (A Suicide Prevention Charity in Dublin), if she won the top prize.

“I am very passionate about mental health and have been a volunteer for the last six years,” said Leah. “I’m also a mental health first-aider and qualified in Asist training.

“My mother is a mental health councillor locally and I hope to follow in her footsteps one day,” added the Buncrana woman.

However, Leah admits that if she won if would ‘open up many opportunities’ for her as the competition is seen as a platform into the Irish media industry with the Face Of Ireland team being involved in various Irish productions such as Fair City and The Voice Of Ireland.

“Winning the competition would be amazing and would open so many doors of opportunity,” she said. “As well as the New York trip the winner will also attend numerous social events throughout the year and meet with President Higgins.

“The winner will also receive a holiday in Spain and clothes, makeup and hair hampers for the year.”

But the Buncrana native, who now works as a skin specialist in Dublin, is no stranger to competitions having previously participated in the Rose Of Tralee

Donegal selection and having proudly presented her county as the Donegal Mary in the 2012 Mary From Dungloe Festival.

Leah, who also has her own beauty Blog, Loulabelle Loves, was also shortlisted in the Irish Blog Awards 2014.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoying the experience of being a finalist but I would absolutely love to do Donegal proud and win the title next month,” added Leah.