UCC doctor is crowned Miss Ireland 2022

Outgoing Miss Ireland, Pamela Uba congratulates Ivanna McMahon (27) from Barefield, Ennis, Co Clare who was crowned Miss Ireland 2022 at a spectacular Diamond Jubilee Ceremony at The Royal Theatre Castlebar on Saturday evening. (Picture: Brian McEvoy)

Ivanna McMahon from Ennis in County Clare was thrilled to be crowned the 75th Miss Ireland. Having studied medicine at University College Cork and graduated in 2020, she was genuinely surprised with her win on Friday.

She wowed guests on Friday night at the Miss Ireland Diamond ball with her bewitching performance ‘Cosmic Love’ by Florence and the Machine on the harp. She started playing the harp at the age of 13 and has played with the National Irish Harp Orchestra and toured Germany and Austria. She also plays 6 other instruments and won All-Ireland Championships for drums and harmonica.

The 37 finalists this year were put through their paces in a challenging competitive process over the last three months testing their skills in debating, public speaking, talent, sports, modelling, social media and each finalist was tasked with raising much-needed awareness and funds for their chosen charities. 

A fluent Irish speaker, she went on to do her internship at Cork University Hospital and did cardiology and neurology. Then she went to University Hospital Tralee to work in surgery. She worked in the GP Scheme at Tralee General Hospital throughout the pandemic and is now taking a well-deserved year out.

Ivanna was crowned by Pamela Uba as she bade an emotional farewell to her fantastic year as Miss Ireland and looks forward to a glittering career ahead.


The over-riding theme this year for Miss Ireland, proudly sponsored by TanOrganic, was ‘Our World Our Future’ with a focus on the environment and global citizenship. This year, for the first time, a new Miss Eco-Ireland sash was awarded to Miss Louth Maiya McMonagle for her sustainable fashion brand and her work in promoting environmental issues.

Miss Ireland 2022 Ivanna McMahon received a lucrative agency contract and a host of prizes including jewellery, gowns, professional photo shoots, beauty and hair products and will jet off to represent her country at the Miss World Festival which is televised in over 100 countries around the world. She will also enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to the Maldives to do a photoshoot later in the autumn.