THE case of the missing Miss Ireland crown has been solved -- it was in a bag of bikinis.
With just two weeks to go until a young beauty becomes the new Miss Ireland, organisers were in a panic this week when the €3,500 crown went missing.
But the director of BScene the agency, Sean Montague, has revealed that the crown is now back in its glass case, safe and sound.
Speaking to the Herald, Sean said: "We are ecstatic. I am completely relieved. This was the worst time that this could have happened with just two weeks until the finals. There is so much going on with more heats left and shoots to organise."
Organisers of the event realised the crown was missing earlier this week, after a photoshoot with Miss Ireland contestants took place in Buck Whaleys on Dublin's Leeson Street.
None of the girls touched or tried on the coveted crown, which was only taken out of its premium case because Kildare TV wanted to film it during the shoot.
But after a frantic few days, Sean has revealed that a marketing manager in Debenhams found the crown in a bag full of bikinis, after the models posed in clothes from the fashion store.
"She just told me that she found the crown in a bag full of swimwear, it must have got mixed up during the shoot," said Sean.
Sean admits that he had no idea what they would have done if the crown had not been discovered.
"I was actually googling crowns online," he joked. "The crown isn't even a part of our budget and I didn't even think about sponsorship. I was thinking that some poor girl would have to go without a crown this year."
The dazzling piece is now back where it belongs, in a secure glass case at the Miss Ireland headquarters.
The last person to wear the crown was current Miss Ireland Emma Waldron, when she acted as grand marshall for the St Patrick's Day parade back in March.
She will hand it to the new Miss Ireland when the finals take place on August 13.