With a packed audience, and millions viewing the Rose selection live last night, all eyes were on this year’s Roses as they all did their best to claim the Rose of Tralee title.
For the first time since 2007, County Longford was represented in The Dome. Longford Rose Aisling Farrell, a medical student who hails from Tang, took to the stage early on in the selection, explaining her recent 8-hour exam to host Daithí Ó Sé, and joking about her self-made posters, held up by family, friends and supporters for the event. Aisling then took a seat at the piano to perform a beautiful piece much to the delight of the audience.
Leitrim Rose Edwina Guckian from Drumsna also made her appearance, telling Daithí about her dancing and wowing the crowds with her incredible Sean-nós skills. Edwina’s escort, Jonny McGailey from Louth, was the winner of the Escort of the Year title.
Tonight, the second group of Roses will take to the stage before the 2013 Rose of Tralee is named, but whatever the result, Aisling and Edwina can both rest assured that they did their counties proud!