Dundalk girl Fionnuala tipped to become Ireland’s next top model

Fionnuala Short

Fionnuala Short

Local woman Fionnuala Short has been earmarked as “Ireland’s next top model” in an article in today’s Irish Independent.

The 18-year-old from Hackballscross has been making waves on the modeling scene in recent months.

After being named Miss Louth earlier this year and finishing as a runner-up in the Miss Ireland contest, she was quickly snapped up by the Andrea Roche Modeling Agency.

Since then she has been travelling on an almost daily basis to Dublin to model for various designers and she is becoming a frequent face on TV3’s Xpose show and Ireland AM.

Indeed, Fionnuala is in such great demand that she is planning a move to Dublin shortly.

“Since Miss Ireland and I signed with Andrea Roche, I’ve been so busy,” she told Independent Style.

“I’m still living in Louth at the minute, but I’m hoping to move really soon. I’m moving in with my friend Jessica (Hayes), the current Miss Ireland.

“I either get the bus or my mom drops me down. It will be so much better when I move to Dublin.”

The demand for Fionnuala has been such that she has put her studies on hold for a year to give things a go full-time and she is quickly catching the eye.

You can read the full article here.

New boutique to open on Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk next week


Clanbrassil Street is set for a welcome boost as a new styling boutique is set to open its doors on Friday May 2nd.

The person responsible for the new venture, which will be called Elmay Professional Styling Boutique, is Dundalk woman Laura (Hughes) Corry – the former manager of Sally West, which closed its doors recently.

Laura has over 12 years experience in the fashion industry and she comes from a strong family background steeped in fashion history from designers to manufacturers and wholesalers to retailers.

Laura has furthered her styling knowledge by receiving professional training from top celebrity stylist Nicky Hambleton Jones who is best known for presenting Channel 4’s hit show 10 Years Younger.

Elmay Professional Styling Boutique will combine both styling expertise with clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories to give each customer an individual look.

Elmay Boutique will cater for a wide variety of ladies from mid-20s to mid-70s and above, and with a selection of sizes from 8-24 there will surely be something to satisfy all women’s needs.

The shop will be located at 30 Clanbrassil Street – the former Madame Kay’s – and will have well-known brands from the four corners of the globe as well as celebrating the best of Irish fashion hosting labels such as Endora.ie, most recently seen on Ireland AM, as well as Avalon, Via Veneto, Roisin McCarthy knitwear and Aria – a company which featured in Elle magazine’s top 10 brands of last year.

Elmay Boutique will offer a special opening discount of up to 20% off for each customer from Friday 2nd to Saturday 10th May. For more updates visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ElmayProfessionalStylingBoutique