A search is under way in Co Clare for a local woman who has been missing for almost 18 hours.

Collette Connolly, who is 54-years-old was last seen when she left her home in Kilmore, Broadford at 3pm yesterday afternoon.

She was wearing brown tracksuit bottoms with white trainers and a navy short-sleeved jacket.

A coastguard helicopter joined the search team at first light this morning.