Miss Ireland on the hunt for Dublin beauty queen
Girls from all over Dublin will be getting ready for their close-up as the organisers of Miss Ireland are on the hunt for the ladies who will represent the capital in this year's competition.
The Dublin representation in the beauty pageant will be bigger than ever this year, with four girls going through to the Miss Ireland final representing Dublin north, south, east and west.
"We've got a great response so far. Dublin is the next big push for ourselves but it's also still open for the rest of the country as well," co-owner Sean Montague said.
"We're looking for that unique girl who can multi-task as a model and do presenting and charity work."
The Dublin selection will take place on August 2 in Lillie's Bordello.
Girls from Cork, Limerick, Carlow and Kilkenny have already been chosen.
Sean said the pageant is not just a beauty competition, it's a stepping stone to a career in the media for many girls.
"Over the years we've tried to evolve it. Girls are entering because they might have a career plan and they're using it as a stepping stone," he said.
"Maybe they want to get into PR or events management. It opens so many doors.
"It's not just straight forward 'I want to be a model'. You have girls who want to get into presenting and radio. It gives you a good knowledge of the different industries that are out there. It can be a great platform for them."
Previously only open to girls aged 17 to 25, the competition now allows entrants up to 27, with Sean saying the age range is now "more in line" with the Miss World competition.
Former Miss Ireland's include Herald diarist Holly Carpenter, Andrea Roche, Aoife Walsh, last year's winner Niamh Kennedy and Miss World winner and Herald columnist Rosanna Davison.
Those looking to apply can fill out the application form at miss-ireland.ie.