If you have ever dreamt of following in the footsteps of Buncrana model Lauren McDonagh to be Miss Ireland - now is your chance.

The Miss Donegal pageant has launched a search for candidates for the 2018 competition.

Winners of the regional titles take on an important role: becoming an ambassador for the county and going on to compete for the Miss Ireland crown and the chance to travel to the Miss World international pageant.

Lauren Mc Donagh was the first Donegal woman to wear the Ireland crown in almost two decades. Could we have another winner in 2018?

Miss Ireland scouts are looking for young women aged 17-27 in Donegal to apply for the May 25th selection event at Dillons Hotel Letterkenny.

The talent search was launched on Thursday by the current Miss Ireland Lauren Mc Donagh, Marty Friel Compere, Shona Tinneny, Dillons Hotel Sponsor and Miss Ireland Rep, Aoibheann Walsh, G&G sponsor.

Miss Donegal launch 2018

Miss Ireland is one of the World’s longest running beauty pageants. Established in 1947 it has been the launch pad for many well known successful, empowering women in Ireland.

The competition has not only been successful for the overall winners of the coveted crown but finalists also credit Miss Ireland in helping build their confidence, self esteem, interview and media skills all elements which they have gone on to use in their chosen professional careers.

To apply for the Miss Donegal final, visit the Facebook page and send a private message to the team: https://www.facebook.com/Miss-Donegal-2018-663264463860903/