The first Miss Limerick from a Muslim background has pledged to challenge Islamophobia during her reign, after being subjected to attacks online.

Racha Mennad, 20, said she has been the victim of racist and religious abuse online, even though she was born and grew up in Ireland.

The Tullamore native, who has been studying HR and French at the University of Limerick for two years, said she made a complaint to the gardai over one "highly offensive" comment.

Ms Mennad notified the gardai that one person wrote on her Facebook 'Avoid Racha Mennad — she has bombs on her'.

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