Fionnghuala O’Reilly

“Fig” is a determined, self-proclaimed military ‘brat,’ who has never lived anywhere longer than 3 years in a row until she attended university. She has a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University, which she has used to become a Director of the NASA Space Apps Challenge and a NASA Datanaut. Being appointed a NASA Datanaut means being accepted into a very competitive program made up of engineers and scientists who engage with NASA’s open data to create innovative new thinking, processes, and products. This year, the program officially recognized her initiative, #EmpowermentThroughCoding, whose mission is to support women and girls learning to code. Through her work as a Datanaut, she has also brokered partnerships with amazing organisations like ‘Girls Who Code’ and the ‘Equals Global Partnership’ to host events and bring science communication programming to thousands of women and girls. As a female engineer, she recognizes that she is a minority in her profession and has experienced why it is so important for women to break through glass ceilings. She wants to work to empower and support women in their careers so that they can stay competitive and continue to learn the skills necessary to go far.

The Miss Universe Ireland class of 2019 was the most diverse group of women both physically and professionally to ever compete for the Title of Miss Universe Ireland. Amongst our finalists are an Oncologist, a NASA Data Scientist, a Social Worker, Entrepreneurs, a future Ophthalmologist, a future Lawyer, Rugby Players, and so much more.

Still think this was just a “pretty girls” competition?

Conrgratulations to all of the The Miss Universe Ireland class of 2019 finalists.

Grainne Gallanagh Made History For Ireland

Ireland placed in the Miss Universe top 20 in back to back years for the first time in history.

We are so proud of the growth of the new era of Miss Universe Ireland. In our initial year of 2017, Queen Cailín Áine Ní Toibín placed in the top 4 in Europe and the top 16 at Miss Universe. In 2018, Queen Grainne Gallanagh placed in the top 5 in Europe and top 20 overall at Miss Universe.

Ireland is not only here to stay, but going higher in 2019.

Brittany Mason
Director Miss Universe Ireland