Buncrana girl Grainne is Miss Donegal 2016

Buncrana girl Grainne is Miss Donegal 2016
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21 year old Grainne Gallanagh, a student nurse at Letterkenny Institute of Technology, was chosen as Miss Donegal 2016 last weekend.

From Buncrana, Grainne was one of 27 girls who sought the title at a gala evening in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny.

Second runner up was Holly Duddy, from Letterkenny. First runner up was Jessica McShane, from Buncrana.

Grainne will now go to the Miss Ireland 2016 final which will be held in Dublin in late August.

The most glamourous attendee was Sally O’Donnell, Letterkenny. The Most Promising Teen was Kelly Marie O’Donnell, Derry. Miss Congeniality was Michaela Bradley, Buncrana. Best Smile was Emma O’Donnell, Letterkenny. Best Hair was Rebecca Nicell, Derry.

The Raffle winner of the two night break for two to Prague, courtesy of Liberty Travel Letterkenny, was won by Deirdre Crossan McShane, from Buncrana.

MCs for the night were brother and sister, Davitt and Aoibheann Walsh, who entertained the crowd superbly.

The judges were Dearbhla Walsh, the current Miss Earth Northern Ireland, (another Walsh sibling), Nicola McLaughlin (The Sequin Cinderella), Zara McDaid,(Fashion Blogger), Emma Murray (The Fashion Chair), Tim Jackson, (local political activist) and Jay Doherty (Northern Ireland Photographer of the Year 2016).

Live entertainment was provided by Jacqui Sharkey and Maria McCormick while Shane Flood played the accordion.

Pictured: Grainne Gallanagh from Buncrana, Miss Donegal 2016. Photo Jay Doherty.