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PICTURE OF HEALTH Miss Laois defends Electric Picnic cancellation ahead of Miss Ireland final

"I’ll miss the Picnic but it is better to be safe than sorry"

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Miss Laois Alison Dyer currently works for AstraZeneca.

Miss Laois Alison Dyer currently works for AstraZeneca.

Miss Laois Alison Dyer currently works for AstraZeneca.

As contestants gear up for the final of Miss Ireland tonight, Miss Laois has taken time out to defend the cancellation of Electric Picnic in her home county.

And beautiful Alison Dyer certainly knows what's she's talking about, as not only is she a qualified nurse but she's also currently working for Covid vaccine maker AstraZeneca.

"I have gone to Electric Picnic three or four times and it's always a brilliant event," Alison (24) points out.

"But with everything going on, it's just not the right time for 70,000 people traveling from all over Ireland and further to an event like that. It is better safe than sorry.

"I feel like people have made so much sacrifice and worked so hard to get to the position we are in now, we should not jeopardise it with such a festival at the moment. When you add alcohol into the mix, it can cause more problems."

Alison is a Registered General Nurse, having trained in St Vincent's University Hospital Dublin, and recently completed her master's degree in Biotechnology at UCD.

She is working as an intern for AstraZeneca, which has its Irish HQ in Liffey Valley, Co. Dublin.

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Miss Galway, Miss Salthill and Miss Galway Bay

Miss Galway, Miss Salthill and Miss Galway Bay

Miss Galway, Miss Salthill and Miss Galway Bay

"The department I work in is medical affairs, so a lot of my co-workers would have a medical background, so when we are looking at clinical trials you can look at it from a patient's point of view," she explains.

"My main role would be to present the date we get from the clinical trials to the consultants and the doctors so that they can use the information to prescribe these new drugs to suitable patients.

"I wouldn't be near the vaccinations, but I would see figures and so on.

"I am very glad that we have developed a vaccine, that the world is getting back to normal and people are protected."

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The 5'6" brunette from Portalington adds that she is fully vaccinated.

"I feel very lucky that I was able to get the vaccine along with some of my friends and my family," she stresses.

"I think people have the misconception that the virus is only deadly for those who are immuno compromised or in the elderly category, but that is not the case."

Last year's Miss Ireland pageant was cancelled due to the pandemic and tonight's final will be held outdoors at Killua Castle in Co. Westmeath.

Green-eyed Alison will be one of 30 beauties taking part, and there to cheer her on will be her parents and also her boyfriend of seven years, trainee accountant Colin Corcoran (24).

"I kind of entered on a whim, I'm not going to lie," chuckles Alison.

"I just wanted to do something fun. You know the way Covid has affected everyone's lives, but life is too short and I said with this 'why not?'. Everyone will be happy to let their hair down."

When not doing photoshoots or modelling, Alison also likes to fundraise for mental health charities, and recently did a sky-dive.

"I also love to travel," she adds. "My last trip started off in Dubai, then went to Indonesia, and Hawaii and the west coast of America."

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Electric Picnic won’t go ahead again due to Covid.

Electric Picnic won’t go ahead again due to Covid.

Electric Picnic won’t go ahead again due to Covid.

The 18th century Killua Castle is the stunning venue for Miss Ireland 2021. The privately owned castle dates back to 1740 and has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

Current Miss World Toni-Ann Singh will jet in from Jamaica for the sparkling, highly choreographed show - which will feature a dramatic light display and an eclectic mix of music and entertainment as the 30 finalists descend a magnificent outdoor stone staircase to the castle gardens.

Organiser Brendan Marc Scully is thrilled to Miss Ireland back up and running again.

"Rainbows remind us of possibilities, opportunities and hope, which is why we chose this theme to announce our finalists this year," he remarks.

"We are delighted to be able to bring back Miss Ireland with a kaleidoscope of colour after such dark times. The live event will also be live streamed and all preparations are and will continue to be fully compliant with to Government Covid-19 health and safety guidelines for entertainment production."

Miss Ireland was first established in 1947 and has been the launchpad for many eminent, successful, and inspiring women in Ireland.

In recent years the Miss Ireland franchise has raised over €250,000 for various charities including Laura Lynn, Temple Street, Alzheimer's Ireland, Pieta House and The Cari Foundation.

This year it is partnering with Variety Ireland, an Irish charity helping sick and disadvantaged children, and kids with special needs.

The winner of Miss Ireland 2021 will receive a lucrative agency contract and a host of prizes including jewellery, gowns, a professional photo shoot, beauty and hair products and then go on to represent her country and take part in the 70th Miss World festival, which will take place in the stunning Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico in December this year.

Virtual heats have been running all over the country to find contestants from each county with beauty, poise and personality to take part in tonight's final.

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