Name: Alannah Larkin
Career/ Education: Studying Primary School Teaching
Miss Earth Ireland 2022 is Alannah Larkin who will represent Ireland in the Miss Earth finals in the Philippines, with 90 other contestants from around the globe.18-year-old Alannah who is from Eyrecourt, wowed the judges at the Miss Earth Grand Finale Gala at the Mount Falcon Estate in Ballina in May this year, earning her place at the finale in Parañaque, Philippines on Tuesday, November 29.For Alannah, the contests environmental advocacy was a big part of the allure for her.“I loved Miss Earth’s message of ‘beauties for a cause’. Miss Earth is so much more than a pageant with the whole aspect of preservation conservation and environmentalism. Being a part of a group of women that strives to change the world for the better is so rewarding and special.”Alannah is studying to be a primary school teacher in Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, says that her advocacy for the “education of young people to be more eco-conscious in their daily lives” is a large part of her desire to join the pageant which emphasises environmental sustainability.Alannah hopes she can encourage people to be more conscious in their consumption.“If everyone reading this made a conscious effort to monitor the products that they are buying, their waste separation and their daily carbon footprint, it would be an amazing achievement.”
Miss Earth Finals 2022
Miss Earth Ireland Alannah Larkin wins bronze at the Miss Earth 2022 Swimwear Competition for Europe at the Miss Earth 2022 Finals in the Philippines.
Q&A With Alannah
DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS
I was extremely lucky to have a happy childhood filled with dance and music. I travelled all around Ireland for singing and dancing competitions and from an early age, learned to appreciate my country’s culture and beauty. My parents valued education, and so I adored school and today I can use that appreciation to continue to educate myself in environmental issues and my own personal interests.
WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
I have been very blessed with many memorable moments in my life. One of these moments is Christmas Eve, as it has always been spent in my Grannie Mai’s house. All my cousins, uncles and aunts would be there for evening tea. My uncles and aunts would tell funny stories and the younger cousins like myself would sing and play music. My Grannie is very musical so this is a special time for her. We also exchange gifts on this night.
ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
My father’s grand aunt was a civil rights campaigner and nun, Sr. Sarah Clarke, who provided support for Irish prisoners and their families. Sr. Sarah was born in 1919 and raised in Eyrecourt where I live. My father has fond memories of her and her quest for education. Sr. Sara was awarded The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice cross by the Pope himself for her dedication to the plight of prisoners and their families.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
Since I only got out of school at the young age of 18, I can’t say I’ve done anything too unusual in my life so far. However I’m sure there will be many adventures to come which I can’t wait to experience!
WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
Make use of the modern technology we have today to promote and spread awareness of environmental issues through our social media platforms. It is important to do this in a positive, uplifting way as to not create any eco-anxiety. Spread awareness in the primary schools, where there is a younger, more impressionable audience to hopefully have lasting effects on the future generation.
WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
Our resilience to keep our culture alive. The passing down of the Irish language, music and dance from generation to generation. I’m hopeful this resilience and determination can also be adopted by how we learn to take care of our country’s natural habitats and wildlife.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVOCACY?
I am advocating for the education of children to be more eco-conscious in their daily lives.