Applications are now open for Miss Donegal hopefuls for the 2021 pageant.

The ‘Miss Donegal final’ will see local entrants competing for the title to be the next Miss Donegal, and later to compete for the Miss Ireland crown.

A top panel of judges will interview all finalists and select one young woman who will move forward to the Miss Ireland 2021 competition as the official Miss Donegal. In addition to the judging panel, for the first time ever, one additional finalist will secure a place as the People’s Choice Award which is a public vote which will take place on the new Miss Ireland APP.

Donegal has had luck shine on the county in 2017 with ‘Buncrana’ native Lauren McDonagh going on to win the overall Miss Ireland. The last person to hold the title was Holly McCrea from Donegal town while a previous winner was Grainne Gallanagh.

Miss Donegal 2019 Holly McCrea

Applications for the 2021 county final will close at the end of February.

Brendan Marc Scully Miss Ireland owner & Creative Director said: “Sadly, due to the pandemic, like all events, 2020 had No Miss Ireland final selection but we are positive that the latter half of this year will see us in a position to hold a safe selection for Miss Ireland which will see one overall winner become Miss Ireland 20/21 and move forward to Miss World.”

“We are delighted with the response to Donegal to date and we look forward to working with all finalists once entries have closed. We have also launched a new Miss Ireland APP which is available for FREE to download and People can vote for their favourite Donegal contestant from anywhere in the World once voting opens.”

The Miss Donegal selection will take place in April with full details to be announced in coming weeks based on Government guidelines.

For more details download the Miss Ireland APP or follow @missirelandorg on social media platforms.