Ivanna McMahon (Miss World Ireland 2023): The Beauty Queen with Brains


Ivanna McMahon is a 27-year-old doctor and beauty queen from Barefield, Ennis, Co Clare, who has recently been crowned Miss Ireland 2022. She will represent her country at the Miss World Festival, which is televised in over 120 countries around the world. In this blog, I will share some interesting facts about her life, career, and achievements.

Early Life and Education

Ivanna McMahon was born on June 15, 1996, in Ennis, Co Clare. She’s the youngest of the family, with two older brothers and one older sister. Her parents are John and Mary McMahon, who run a farm and a bed and breakfast in Barefield. Ivanna attended Barefield National School and St Flannan’s College, where she excelled academically and in extracurricular activities. She was a member of the school choir, orchestra, drama club, and debating team. She also played camogie, soccer, and basketball for her school and county teams.

Ivanna McMahon developed a passion for medicine from a young age, inspired by her grandfather, who was a doctor in India. She decided to pursue a career in medicine and applied to University College Cork, where she was accepted with a scholarship. She graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Obstetrics degree. She was also awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence in Medicine, the highest honor given by the university.

Medical Career and Frontline Work

After graduating from UCC, Ivanna McMahon did her internship at Cork University Hospital, where she worked in cardiology and neurology departments. She gained valuable experience in diagnosing and treating various heart and brain conditions, as well as performing procedures such as electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, and lumbar punctures. She also participated in research projects and published papers in peer-reviewed journals.

In 2021, Ivanna McMahon moved to University Hospital Tralee, where she worked in surgery. She assisted in operations such as appendectomies, hernia repairs, and gallbladder removals. She also learned how to manage post-operative complications and infections. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ivanna worked in the GP Scheme at Tralee General Hospital, caring for patients on the frontline. She administered vaccines, tested for the virus, and provided support and advice to those affected by the crisis. She also volunteered at a local nursing home, where she helped the elderly residents cope with the isolation and loneliness caused by the lockdowns.

From Medicine to Miss Ireland

Ivanna McMahon, 27, was born and raised in Barefield, Ennis, Co Clare. She developed a passion for science and medicine at a young age, and pursued her studies at the University College Cork. She graduated in 2020, a little early due to the pandemic, and joined the workforce as a doctor at the Tralee General Hospital. She worked in the GP Scheme, helping patients and frontline workers during the health crisis.

However, Ivanna McMahon also had a dream of participating in the Miss Ireland competition, which she had been following since she was a little girl. She admired the previous winners, especially Rosanna Davison, who won the Miss World title in 2003. Ivanna decided to take a year off from her medical career and enter the contest, representing Munster.

Ivanna McMahon impressed the judges and the audience with her beauty, intelligence, and talent. She played the harp, one of the seven instruments she can play, and performed a stunning rendition of Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine. She also showcased her knowledge and eloquence in the debates, public speaking, and social media challenges. She was crowned Miss Ireland 2022 on August 22, 2022, at the Diamond Jubilee Ceremony at the Royal Theatre Castlebar.

Miss Ireland and Miss World

In 2022, Ivanna McMahon decided to take a year out from her medical career and pursue her dream of becoming Miss Ireland. She entered the competition as Miss Clare and competed against 36 other finalists from across the country. The competition involved a series of challenges, such as debating, public speaking, talent, sports, modelling, and social media. Ivanna impressed the judges and the audience with her intelligence, charisma, and confidence. She also showcased her musical talent by playing the harp, one of the seven instruments she can play. She performed “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine at the Miss Ireland Diamond Ball, where she received a standing ovation.

On August 21, 2022, Ivanna McMahon was crowned Miss Ireland 2022 at the Diamond Jubilee Ceremony at The Royal Theatre Castlebar. She received a crown, a sash, a bouquet of flowers, and a host of prizes, including jewellery, gowns, professional photo shoots, beauty and hair products, and a lucrative agency contract. She also won an all-expenses-paid trip to the Maldives, where she did a photoshoot for a magazine. She became the face of Ireland for the Miss World competition, which is one of the most prestigious and oldest beauty pageants in the world.

Ivanna McMahon will represent Ireland at the Miss World Festival, which will take place on 9th March 2024 at The Jio World Centre, Mumbai, India. She will compete with over 120 other contestants from different countries and regions, each with their own unique beauty, culture, and personality. The Miss World Festival consists of various events, such as the Head-to-Head Challenge, the Top Model Challenge, the Talent Challenge, the Sports Challenge, the Beauty with a Purpose Challenge, and the Final Show. Ivanna hopes to follow in the footsteps of Rosanna Davison, who was the first and only Irish woman to win the Miss World title in 2003.

Personal Life and Interests

Ivanna McMahon is a multifaceted and talented woman, who has many interests and hobbies. She is fluent in Irish and English, and can speak some Hindi, French, and Spanish. She loves to travel and has visited over 20 countries, including India, where she volunteered at a rural hospital and taught English to children. She is also passionate about music and can play the harp, the drums, the harmonica, the fiddle, the boughran, and the tin whistle. She has won several awards for her musical skills, such as the All-Ireland Championships for Drums and Harmonica. She also enjoys singing, dancing, reading, writing, and painting.

Ivanna McMahon is a compassionate and caring person, who is dedicated to helping others. She is an advocate for various causes, such as mental health, women’s empowerment, environmental protection, and animal welfare. She supports several charities, such as Variety Ireland, Temple Street, and Alzheimer’s Ireland. She also mentors young girls and encourages them to pursue their dreams and goals. She believes that beauty is more than skin deep, and that it comes from within. She wants to use her platform as Miss Ireland and Miss World to inspire and empower people around the world.

Ivanna McMahon is a remarkable woman, who has achieved so much in her life. She is a doctor, a beauty queen, a musician, a traveler, a philanthropist, and a role model. She is a proud Irish woman, who represents the best of her country and culture. She is a shining example of what it means to be both intelligent and beautiful, challenging stereotypes and breaking barriers. She is Ivanna McMahon, Miss Ireland 2022, and hopefully, Miss World 2023.

A Role Model for Women

Ivanna McMahon is more than just a pretty face. She is a role model for women who want to pursue their dreams and passions, no matter how diverse they are. She is a self-confessed girly girl who loves fashion and glamour, but also a dedicated doctor who cares for her patients and community. She is a talented musician who plays the harp, piano, violin, guitar, flute, tin whistle, and ukulele, but also a keen sportswoman who enjoys running, swimming, and horse riding. She is a proud Irish woman who embraces her culture and heritage, but also a global citizen who supports various causes and charities.

As Miss Ireland, Ivanna McMahon hopes to use her platform to raise awareness and funds for Variety Ireland, a charity that helps disadvantaged children with special needs. She also wants to inspire young girls to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers, and to break the stereotypes and stigma associated with beauty pageants. She believes that Miss Ireland is more than just a glam photo shoot, but a celebration of women’s empowerment, diversity, and achievement.

Ready for Miss World

Ivanna McMahon is now preparing for the Miss World 2023 pageant, which is scheduled to take place on 9th March 2024 in The Jio World Centre, Mumbai, India. She is excited to represent her country on the international stage, and to meet the other contestants from around the world. She hopes to follow in the footsteps of Rosanna Davison, and to bring home the coveted crown for Ireland.

Ivanna McMahon is a beauty queen with brains, and a woman with many talents and goals. She is a shining example of what Miss Ireland stands for, and what women can accomplish. We wish her all the best for Miss World, and for her future endeavors.

How Ivanna McMahon is making a difference in the world

Ivanna McMahon is not your typical beauty queen. She is a doctor, a musician, a fundraiser, and an advocate for various causes. She was crowned Miss Ireland 2022 in August last year, and since then, she has been using her platform to raise awareness and support for various charities and environmental issues.

A doctor on the frontline

Ivanna McMahon graduated from UCC in 2020 with a medical degree, and started working as a GP at Tralee General Hospital. She was one of the many healthcare workers who faced the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and helped save lives and protect the public health. She explained that We had to start working as soon as we could because the healthcare system was under a lot of pressure and needed our help.”

She also celebrated her graduation three years later, after her original ceremony was cancelled due to Covid. She posted on social media that It’s never too late to celebrate your achievements. Almost 3 years after her original graduation ceremony was cancelled due to covid and now finally she got to celebrate on campus with family and friends.

A talented musician

Ivanna McMahon is also a gifted harpist, who can play several other instruments as well. She wowed the judges and the audience of the Miss Ireland pageant with her rendition of Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine. She said that music has always been a huge part of her life. She added that she  started playing the harp when she was seven and also started playing the piano, guitar and tin whistle. She loves perform and express herself through music.

She also uses her musical skills to entertain and inspire others. She has performed at various events and venues, such as the Rose of Tralee festival, the National Concert Hall, and the Irish Embassy in London. She has also recorded a song with her sister, called “The Light”, which is dedicated to frontline workers and mental health awareness.

A fundraiser and an advocate

Ivanna McMahon is passionate about giving back to the community and supporting various causes. She has been involved in fundraising and charity work since she was a teenager, and has raised thousands of euros for various organisations, such as the Irish Cancer Society, the Irish Heart Foundation, and Variety Ireland.

She also participated in the Beauty with a Purpose project, which is a core part of the Miss World organisation. She explained that Beauty with a Purpose means using your voice and platform to bring attention to issues that matter to you and to create a positive change in the world.”

She chose to focus on environmental conservation and global citizenship, and worked with local groups and schools to promote awareness and action on these issues. She also won the Miss Eco-Ireland award, which was a new addition to the Miss Ireland contest, for having the greatest impact on environmental conservation in her county.

A role model and an inspiration

Ivanna McMahon is more than just a pretty face. She is a woman of substance, who has achieved a lot in her life, and who has a lot more to offer. She is a role model and an inspiration for many young girls and women, who aspire to follow their dreams and make a difference in the world.

She said that she is truly on cloud nine and so grateful to be the Miss Ireland 2022. She added that she is so incredibly happy and grateful to have been crowned the 75th Miss Ireland and It is an honour for her that she has been chosen to represent Ireland at Miss World. She said that she is so incredibly excited and looking forward to continuing this amazing experience at Miss World and  she has made friends for life. She added that she is so proud of them all and what they have achieved over the last few months, especially all the amazing fundraising that they have done for Variety Ireland and their various chosen charities.

She also said that she strongly disagree with the notion that it treats women as objects. It’s way more than just fancy photo shoots and fashion events that people witness. Every year, there are capable and motivated women who step up to use their influence wisely, speaking out for those who can’t, bringing attention to important issues, and increasing awareness in specific areas.

Ivanna McMahon will represent Ireland at the 71st Miss World Final, where she will compete with contestants from over 120 countries. She will showcase her beauty, talent, intelligence, and compassion, and hopefully bring home the crown for Ireland.

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