Miss Galway Pamela Uba was crowned Miss Ireland during the finals held September 5 at the Lakeside Manor Hotel in Cavan.

The 25-year-old medical scientist bested 29 other candidates for the title. She will now head on to compete at the 70th Miss World contest in December in Puerto Rico.

“Words can’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling right now, or have been feeling for the past week leading up to the final. It has been a rollercoaster of emotions,” Uba posted on Instagram.

Uba won Miss Galway just three days before Ireland went into lockdown in 2020 and then spent majority of her reign working on the frontline at Galway University Hospital.

Uba grew up in direct provision after moving to Ireland with her family from South Africa when she was just eight years old. Today, a very proud Irish citizen and a graduate of Trinity College with a master’s degree in clinical chemistry, she hopes to use her Miss Ireland title to represent a more diverse Island on the world stage and believes education is a superpower.

Ireland bagged the Miss World crown in 2003 with Rosanna Davison. The country currently ranks 34th in Missosology Big 5 Ranking. Missosology.Org; Photos from Miss Ireland