Three quarters of a million people tuned in to see Maggie being crowned Rose of Tralee
Three quarters of a million people tuned into the Rose of Tralee to see Chicago Rose, Maggie McEldowney being crowned the title.
Some 743,800 viewers watched the moment a shocked Maggie was named the 58th Rose of Tralee.
The programme has proved to be one of the most popular programmes of the year, according to RTE, with over 1.7 million tuning in during the two days.
The show was also streamed by 115,000 people on RTÉ Player and RTÉ Player International. The highest number of international streams were in the UK, US and Germany.
The show's host Dáithí Ó Sé said: “It’s been another fantastic year at the Rose of Tralee. This is my seventh year hosting and each year it just seems to get better. The atmosphere over the last week leading into the live shows has been super."
"There’s just nothing like it. I’m delighted for Maggie. Her calm and caring nature really shone through over the last week – right through to on stage. She’ll certainly make an excellent ambassador for the festival.”
RTÉ’s executive producer of this year’s Rose of Tralee show Brian Páircéir said “Ever the professional, Dáithí kept the Roses on their toes over the two nights of the live shows with his unique mix of lively banter and entertainment.”
Speaking about her win the 2016 Rose of Tralee winner, Maggie McEldowney said: “I’m completely overwhelmed and so humbled to be crowned the 2016 Rose of Tralee. It is such an honour to take on the mantel as the new Rose of Tralee and to represent my friends and family."
"The last week has been one of the most amazing weeks I’ve ever had. It’s been an incredible experience, one which I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and representing the festival.”