Former Miss Universe Ireland Grainne Gallanagh has returned to nursing today after signing up to help Ireland’s fight against Covid-19.

The LYIT nursing graduate and model admitted she was “nervous” to return to a hospital setting after eight months off, but excited to help.

Grainne (aged 25) had taken a break from her job in women’s healthcare in London to focus on modelling and to compete in RTE’s Dancing with the Stars.

But the Covid-19 pandemic motivated her to answer the government’s call to arms and re-register with the HSE in March.

Grainne Gallanagh worked as a nurse in London

Grainne has been spending time with family at home in Buncrana as she waited for her registration to come through.

Speaking on Instagram yesterday, she said: “It’s my first day back as a nurse in eight months and I am getting nervous. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t.

“I’m nervous because I haven’t worked in Ireland since I qualified, and I think anyone would be nervous going back to work with everything that’s going on right now.”

Grainne also shared a positive outlook on her first day back in a hospital, saying: “I’m sure it will be fine, there are loads of people right now, essential workers that are doing a brilliant job and I’m excited that I’m able to do something and I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Once I get that over with, I’ll be grand.”