The director of Miss Universe Ireland, Brittany Mason and the reigning Miss Universe Ireland, Grainne Gallanagh launched the 2019 search for finalists for this year's competition which takes place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on Thursday August 1.
Hailing from Buncrana, Grainne is the ninth Irish woman in history to make it to the final round of Miss Universe securing a place in the top 20.
This was the first time ever that Ireland made it to the finals in two consecutive years, with Gallanagh mirroring the achievement of Miss Universe Ireland 2017, Cailin Áine Ní Toibín.
Due to this historical achievement, Ireland is now 1 of 5 countries in the world to currently hold a back to back finalist placement. We are hoping that the third time is a charm and we will bring our first ever Miss Universe crown home this year.
Grainne has achieved monumental success since walking away with the Miss Universe Ireland crown with approximately €70,000 in prizes. She proudly represented Ireland at events like London Fashion Week and The Brits.
The Buncrana native has also just signed with London Modelling agency, BMA Models and will be the first Irish born and bred model to walk in Miami Swimweek this summer as her last official role as Miss Universe Ireland.
During her reign Grainne, who is a fully qualified nurse, raised vital awareness and funds for the Women’s Health Clinic in Donegal, speaking at events and educating her followers about important issues surrounding women's health. She hopes to utilise her network platform as Miss Universe Ireland to one day open her own Women's health centre employing an all female staff.
First Round applications to compete as one of up to 30 finalists for the title of Miss Universe Ireland 2019 are being accepted from now until May 17 2019. The online application form and further requirement details can be found here: http://missuniverseireland. eu/apply-2019/.
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