Could you represent Ireland in the Miss Universe 2020?

by Rachel Darcy

Last week saw the launch of the search for Miss Universe Ireland 2020 at the Mansion House on Dawson Street.

The director of Miss Universe Ireland, Brittany Mason, was joined by previous winners of the title – Fionnghuala O’Reilly, Grainne Gallanagh and Cailin Ni Toibin – to launch this year’s competition.

Reigning Miss Universe Ireland Fionnghuala made history last year as Ireland’s first biracial contestant to represent the country at Miss Universe, as well as being the very first NASA ‘datanaut’ to compete.

The Swords native was last week announced as the ambassador for Engineers Week, which is currently running until this Friday, March 6.

A gaelgoir now living in Dubai, Cailin was the first Irish representative to secure a top 20 placement for Ireland at Miss Universe 2017, since Roz Purcell in 2010.

Grainne then followed in Cailin’s footsteps in 2018, making Ireland one of only five countries in the world to hold two consecutive final 20 positions.

She is currently competing in RTE’s Dancing with the Stars, and is the first Irish-born and bred model to walk in Miami Swimweek during her year as Miss Universe Ireland.

This year’s competition aims to make history by bringing home the first crown to Ireland.

The lucky 2020 winner will walk away with more than €70,000-worth of prizes and will go on to represent Ireland at Miss Universe at the end of 2020.

First-round applications to compete as one of up to 30 finalists are being accepted until Friday, April 3.

You can find the online application form at

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