Ireland's top child model and her Donegal connections

Ireland's top child model and her  Donegal connections

Miah McGowan along with her niece Allie Farrell who is one of the most sought after child models in the fashion industry PICTURE: MATT BRITTON

When one thinks of top models the visions of svelte tall ladies gracing catwalks worldwide spring to mind.
However, last weekend I encountered one of Europe's top models in the most unlikely locations - at the first communions in Ballintra.
Noticing this five-year-old Shirley Temple-like young lady I remarked "that young girl could be a model." I was met with the reply “she is”.
Allie Farrell who hails from Dundalk but has a wealth of friends and relations in Mullinasole is now accepted as one of Europe's top child models and has appeared in London, Paris and New York Fashion weeks on a number of occasions already.
Her seven-year-old aunt Miah McGowan, a daughter of Sineád was celebrating her first communion in St. Bridget's Church and Allie and all her family came up for the weekend.
Allie's mother Stacey told the Democrat: “She may have travelled the world already but she just loves coming up here to Mullinasole.
“She was originally spotted on an Instagram page and is now signed up with Andrea Roche but behind it all, is just a perfectly normal young school going girl.”

Allie Farrell at work at New York Fashion Week and a regular visitor to Mullinasole

If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Donegal Live editorial team any time. To contact Donegal Democrat and Donegal People's Press, email To contact Donegal Post, email To contact Inish Times, email

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.