Doctor in the house: Sinéad is crowned 60th Rose of Tralee
'Empowering': Roses display role-model pedigree by standing together in the face of criticism
Limerick Rose Sinéad Flanagan has been crowned the 60th Rose of Tralee.
The medic, who is from Mungret, but living in Adare, is working in Cork as a junior doctor.
She took to the stage on the second night of the competition, wearing a gown in the Limerick colour of green.
She put her hand to her head as her name was called, all the other women crowding around her to congratulate her.
"It's amazing - and it is only starting," said the new Rose.
Sinéad shed a tear of joy as 2018 Rose, Kirsten Mate Maher, handed over the sash and tiara. There must be something in the water in Limerick as Sinéad revealed she went to school with 'Love Island' winner Greg O'Shea.
"We both went to Crescent College in Dooradoyle," she told the Irish Independent.
"I am shocked and delighted, to sum it up; I obviously didn't expect it, but I am delighted and honoured to represent Ireland."
She said the festival "definitely" represents modern Ireland.
And she pointed out how there hadn't been a Limerick winner for 25 years.
"I think the people of Limerick will be so happy."
She said it "felt like a dream" to hear Dáithí say her name.
The newly crowned Rose of Tralee was greeted off the stage by her parents Padraig and Catherine.
She was 2/1 with the bookies, a favourite with them for the entire weekend.
As the curtains came down on the 60th year of the festival, there was plenty of talk about whether the festival was empowering for women.
Whether intentional or not, the Roses seemed keen to outline their position on the debate last night.
The first Rose out of the gate summed up the feeling in the Dome pretty simply, saying her fellow Roses had been added to her list of "incredible female role models".
"It is a celebration of modern women, I think we saw that last night and you're going to see more of that," said Chicago Rose Shana Pembroke - who had Irish roots in the Kingdom, with her dad a Kerry man.
Her comments came after 2018 winner, Kirsten Mate Maher, hit back at comments from a Newstalk broadcast by Susan Keogh which claimed that there was a lack of diversity in the competition.
Ms Keogh had said there would be no Roses from different socio-economic backgrounds, that there would be no "fat" Roses, and that they would only tell "safe stories" on stage. "Where are the women who don't have the degrees or the PhDs?" she asked.
Kirsten defended the festival saying the remarks were "very uneducated".
"I think it is really nasty to be honest, especially when she brought up the degree thing and the size thing.
"There are girls of all shapes and sizes as you can see clearly if you watched it on television," Kirsten told the Irish Independent.
"And then with the degree thing, I don't have a degree I haven't set foot in college yet. I don't have a career yet, I haven't figured out where I am going in life yet."
In keeping with the theme of Adele songs from the night before, Shana went on to perform the London singer's version of Bob Dylan's 'Make You Feel My Love'.
She was no stranger to the bright stage lights though.
"Acting was my first job when I was 10 years old, I was in a musical in downtown Chicago and I did that for about two years, it wasn't something I planned on doing, I kind of fell into it," she said.
New Zealand Rose Sinéad Rose Stayton put her best foot forward for her segment showing off her salsa moves.
And it was casually mentioned she hadn't gone to college either.
"I wanted to do some travel beforehand, and fell into the job I am in now," she said.
She was at the festival to do something outside of her comfort zone, as she suffers from anxiety.
She told how her grandparents emigrated from Sixmilecross, in Co Tyrone, and this was her first time on Irish soil, meeting 32 cousins in one day a month ago.
Chloe Kennedy was flying the flag for Donegal. She was one-quarter Indian as her granny was born there.
Her dad, meanwhile, is the mayor of Donegal town.