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DUN DUN DUN! The night of reckoning is finally here, people.

In a few short hours, someone will be crowned the Rose of Tralee. Who’s it going to be? Will the show be half as eventful as last night? Stick with us as we find out…

Good evening, one and all!

The second night of the Rose of Tralee is underway. Which lovely girl will win all that coveted Newbridge Silverware? Let’s find out!

For the record, Paddy Power has the Kilkenny Rose as favourite to win…

paddy Source: Paddy Power

And you know what they say about the bookies…

Aaaaand we’re underway.

Our first Rose hopeful of the night is Maggie McEldowney of Chicago. Unfortunately, the Rose of Tralee miss out on an opportunity to call her the “Chicargo Rose”.

chicago Source: RTÉ Player

Maggie genuinely has the most perfect skin I have ever seen and seems so lovely and grounded that I’m not even jealous.

At one point, she is played a video of her boyfriend wishing her luck tonight. For a quick second, I was like, “Oh no, he’s going to propose,” but he didn’t. Thank goodness.

chicago2 Source: RTÉ

Our second Rose for the night is Emma Kirwan of Offaly. Emma is only 18 years old and just accepted her CAO offer (aeronautical engineering in UL, if you don’t mind) yesterday.

CAO results and the Rose of Tralee in the one week? Someone get her a stiff drink, tbh.

For Emma’s party piece, herself and Dáithí lobbed some sliotars into the audience.


emma Source: RTE

Rosie Burke from Galway was up next.

Green dress, red hair, a concertina — Rosie unlocked a lot of Rose of Tralee bonus points.

rosie Source: RTE


We have a woman on the ground at the Dome tonight. Want to get all the gossip? Follow on Snapchat: dailyedge




Oh, go on.

jane Source: RTÉ

Wicklow Rose told the country about her bum tattoo, which caused her Dad to throw his eyes up to heaven…

mad Source: RTE

But then she saved it with a lovely rendition of Hallelujah <3

hall Source: RTE



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Ohio Rose rocked on stage and asked, “What’s the craic?” Memo to American Roses: we appreciate that you mean well, but saying, “What’s the craic?” in an American accent will never not be mortally embarrassing.

Ohio Rose also had a boyfriend named Corey and therefore unlocked American Rose Level #1. (When the camera panned to Corey, Dáithí remarked that he was “boxing above his weight”. Dáithí, that’s an inside thought that shouldn’t be said out loud!)

Ohio’s talent? Doing a ‘hoop dance’ (insert innuendo here) that was genuinely very impressive! Kudos!


GIF Source: RTE

I am just going to say it: there is nothing more excruciatingly tense than when Dáithí has to remove a contestant’s shoes and you know he’s just dying to make some of kind of joke about it.

ten Source: RTE Player

So it’s safe to say that Twitter has a favourite Rose anyway…


Wicklow’s Jane Harrison spoke openly and frankly about her weight loss and mental health, and it’s clearly resonated with people at home.

Looks like we have a serious contender on our hands.

Sliotars for everyone in the audience!

Get all the inside goss from our woman on the ground over on Snapchat: dailyedge

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London Rose Emma Murphy O’Connor was played on stage to the Eastenders theme song. Because what else?

Emma was very smiley and claimed that her grandfather owned the first tractor West of the Shannon. Quite an honour.

Most importantly, however, her posse put the rest of the homemade Winning Streak-esque signs to shame with these elaborate signs…

ema Source: RTE

Anyway, yes that did happen — they really did make a Rose dress up as a bride.

Because… they pitied her for not being married? I don’t even know.


Oh dear.

So North Carolina was a Protestant (controversial) and offered up this interesting take on Mass.

She also had the best party piece of the night.

south Source: amy

Well played, gurl.

Ahem, we’d just like to say that we fully endorse this idea.

Ah, sweetest moment of the night – the whole Dome sang Happy Birthday to Melbourne Rose’s Mam. And she didn’t even look that mortified!



Fair dues to the woman on the left there absolutely determined to get Dáithí into her Snapchat story.

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Look at these two clutching each other for dear life <3




And the Rose of Tralee for 2016 is…


And that’s it for another year!

Want to hear something awful? This means that summer is over now.


‘Til next year, gang.

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Amy O'Connor