Grainne Gallanagh was crowned the winner of Miss Universe Ireland 2018 at the Mansion House in Dublin and walked away with over $46k (€40k) worth of prizes.

The Donegal native wowed with her poise, passion and intelligence and was named unanimously as the winner by the esteemed panel of judges.

Miss Universe Ireland 2017 winner, Cailín Áine Ní Toibín presented her 2018 successor with the coveted Miss Universe Ireland crown valued at over $46k (€40k) and sash alongside Managing Director, Brittany Mason.

Sponsors of Miss Universe Ireland, Flormar, Dundrum Cosmetic Clinic, Great Lengths, Shoes by Chavez, SMAK make up brushes and Liliana Montoya swimwear were also present on the night to show their support.

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Grainne Gallanagh - the newly crowned #MissUniverse Ireland 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/ZgK8Hcp3mE

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Model Alannah Beirne, leading fashion designer Umit Kutluk, editor of EVOKE.ie Sybil Mulcahy, award-winning actress Amy Joyce Hastings, IFTA nominated Irish director Graham Hastings and Director of the Actavo Group Margaret Clandillon had their work cut out for them as 28 confidently beautiful women took to the stage in the hopes of being named Miss Universe Ireland 2018.

Attendees at the event also enjoyed a performance by musician Meg LaGrande who provided some light entertainment whilst the judges deliberated.

Miss Universe Ireland 2018 award goes to Grainne Gallanagh https://t.co/4t0lcNQSpC pic.twitter.com/gmgeZ1GwMB

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Speaking on stage at the event, Brittany Mason said to MC James Patrice "this year has been a fantastic one for Miss Universe Ireland and I couldn’t be prouder of all of these strong, independent and beautiful women. [Winner’s Name] will be a wonderful ambassador for Ireland in the Miss Universe competition and I cannot wait to see what she will achieve. We’ll be behind her every step of the way."

Grainne will now go on to represent Ireland in the International competition and compete against women from all over the world in the hopes of becoming Miss Universe.

Best of luck, Gráinne! 

The coveted Miss Universe crown.YouTube