Miss Galway rolls up her sleeves for beach cleanup

Galway Daily news Miss Galway rolls up her sleeves for beach cleanup
Miss Galway Ava Mathews, pictured with Rita O'Malley and Marty Nix of the Loghrea Tidy Towns Committee at Lough Rea at the nationwide beach and waterways clean-up last year. Pic: Miss Ireland Org

Miss Galway Ava Mathews rolled up her sleeves to help clean up rubbish from the shores of Lough Rea this month.

The 37 finalists for Miss Ireland 2022 all took part in a coordinated big beach clean-up across the country from August 12 – 14.

Thousands have flocked to our beaches and waterways during the recent warm weather but the glorious sunshine also brought ‘rubbish weather’ as many beaches and waterways across Ireland were left in dire conditions by sun seekers leaving their rubbish behind.

The 21 year old Miss Galway Ava Mathews, who hails from Loughrea, gathered her friends and family to clean the shores of the town’s namesake lake.

Imelda mathews, Paidraig O’ Reilly, Rita O’ Malley, Miss Galway Ava Mathews, Mary Nix, Zara Mathews and Brian Mathews at Lough Rea. Picture: Miss Ireland Org

The big clean-up is one of the challenges that finalists of Miss Ireland 2022 are being tasked with in a challenging competitive process for this, the 75th Diamond Jubilee of the competition.

Their skills are also tested in debating, public speaking, talent, sports, modelling, social media and each finalist is tasked with raising much-needed awareness and funds for their chosen charities.

The Diamond Jubilee Miss Ireland Final will take place this week, August 18 – 19 at the Royal Theatre Castlebar, with 1,500 people expected to attend.

The headline sponsor for Miss Ireland 2022 is TanOrganic, an organic self-tanning brand.

Noelle O’Connor, Creator and Founder of TanOrganic said, “This nationwide beach clean-up is another step towards a cleaner planet and we applaud all of the Miss Ireland finalists for taking on this challenge with such energy and passion”