Mary Kennedy toasts her daughter Eva's engagement
Published 19/08/2015 | 02:30
Mary Kennedy had extra reason to smile at this year's Rose of Tralee as her daughter Eva has just got engaged.
The 'Nationwide' presenter got to share the occasion with the 2015 Rose contestants, who she said were like part of her Rose family.
Eva (31) got engaged to her Limerick beau Benny Boland while on holiday in the US.
The happy couple travelled to Tralee at the weekend to celebrate and soak up some of the festival atmosphere.
"The two of them drove down on Sunday - and the Rose of Tralee being such a family, everyone here knows her.
"They had a bottle of bubbly and rose petals in the hotel room to celebrate with her," Mary told the Irish Independent.
"There's a really warm atmosphere and they made a fuss of her. She's the first of my children to get engaged, so we're all very proud."
A decade after her win in 2005, former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin was also in The Dome last night to cheer on the winner, wearing a dress she had worn at the festival that year.
She said: "Part of me cannot believe it's 10 years since I was appointed.
"It's almost like a school reunion, which is bizarre because we don't spend a lot of time together.
"But when you have this really special experience, it's unique and brings you together," she said.
Aoibhinn last attended the festival in 2009 when it celebrated its 50th anniversary.