Vanessa Boland, 21, is a student nurse at DCU and a part-time carer. She will be representing Dublin North next Friday the 22nd September in the Miss Ireland finals.
We had a little chat with her to try to know her better and she didn’t disappoint.
What makes you happy?
What makes me happy is my friends and my family. I have fantastic friends and family. Also after a day’s work in the hospital, if something goes well for my patients, that makes me really happy.
What is the essence of being a woman?
Being maternal is the very essence of a woman. Being motherly, being caring , loving, these are all things that are the essence of a woman.
Is career more important to you than family?
No, however I’m very driven and career is very important and while I’m giving 100% on what I do, family is still the most important thing to me and they will come above work.
What is the role of youth towards the future development of the country/world?
Youth are the future. They require support to help them succeed in life and therefore will help everyone in the future.
Who is the most inspiring person in your life and how?
That will have to be my mother. She is very inspiring, it’s all the little things she does. She is always there for us. She was also inspirational because we sadly lost our grandmother in a car crash and she just kept the family together. She was phenomenal. She is really really an inspiring woman.
Myself in the past week I’ve raised over €2400 for The Laura Lynn Children Hospice
There is a group of people who does not support the concept of beauty contests. What will you tell them?
I think their main issue is that they think these pageants objectify women, where in fact these pageants empower women and they show how powerful a female can be. It gives females voices, it shows beauty and intelligence and I think if they saw what is going on behind these pageants, like Miss World, Beauty with a purpose, charities all over the world are seeing the difference this is making. Myself in the past week I’ve raised over €2400 for The Laura Lynn Children Hospice. So it’s phenomenal what these pageants can do.
What is your greatest strength and how did it help you to become one of the finalists?
Personally I think my greatest strength is kindness, but in regards to the competition, it will have to be my driven optimistic nature. This is something I’ve never done before and therefore I think my nature inspired me to challenge myself and to go for this and so far has gone really well and I feel that as each day and with everything I do I feel I can become the representative Miss Ireland needs to send to Miss World.
How do you plan to contribute to the society if you win the crown?
My big passion is healthcare so I would like to be a voice for something positive in regards to healthcare and whether that is to promote the screen that is available in healthcare at the minute, that people aren’t aware of. There is breasts screen for breast cancer, there is skin checks for skin cancer, there are so many of these tools out there that people are not availing of and they’re crucial for preventing these horrible diseases, so I feel I would really like to use this platform to promote healthcare in regards to issues like that and I feel it will be really beneficial to people’s lives.
We wish her the best of luck this Friday !