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Thursday 19 July 2018

'I'm friendly and outgoing, I do Irish dancing and gaelic football, and I will be a good role model' - Rose of Tralee winner

OffalyRose Jennifer Byrne who was crowned as the 2017 International Rose of Tralee at the Festival in Tralee Co Kerry.
Pic Steve Humphreys
22nd August 2017
OffalyRose Jennifer Byrne who was crowned as the 2017 International Rose of Tralee at the Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Some of the Roses on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry was Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Presenter Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Queensland Rose Ellen McCready having her make up applied at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Fermanagh Rose Stephanie Maguire Jiving with singer Derek Ryan at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Presenter Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
South Carolina Rose Ellerslie McCue speaking to Presenter Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry was Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Business Consultant Thomas Lynch from Kerry is congratulated by his Mum Ellen after he was named Escort of the Year at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Business Consultant Thomas Lynch from Kerry who was named Escort of the Year at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Some of the Escorts at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Fermanagh Rose Stephanie Maguire Jiving with singer Derek Ryan at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Business Consultant Thomas Lynch from Kerry who was named Escort of the Year at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Sydney Rose Ailish Walsh playing the Flute on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Daithi O'Se on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Daithi O'Se on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Southern California Rose Claire McManamon on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill playing the tin whistle on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Western Canada Rose SInéad McGahern Irish Dancing on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Western Canada Rose SInéad McGahern Irish Dancing on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Sydney Rose Ailish Walsh playing the Flute on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Abu Dhabi Rose Niamh Kelly on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Cheering on the Roses at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill playing the tin whistle on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill playing the tin whistle on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
The Roses at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
San Francisco Rose Amanda Donohoe chatting with Dathi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne Irish Dancing at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Kentucky Rose Martha Mortell boxing with Dathi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Melbourne Rose SInead Ryan singing at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Chicago Rose Teresa Daly gives presenter Dathi O'Se the Taste Test at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Hong Kong Rose Clarissa Langley Coleman chatting with Dathi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Louth Rose Aoife Heffron chatting with Dathi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Toronto Rose Colombe Nadeau-O'Shea performing a limbo with Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Donegal Rose Amy Callaghan performing on an Aerial Hoop at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Donegal Rose Amy Callaghan chats with Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Donegal Rose Amy Callaghan with Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Toronto Rose Colombe Nadeau-O'Shea performing a limbo at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Westmesth Rose Eva Cooney with a puppet of Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Westmesth Rose Eva Cooney with a puppet of Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Darwin Rose Rochelle Blake gets Daithi O'Se to try his hand with a whip at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Darwin Rose Rochelle Blake gets Daithi O'Se to try his hand with a whip at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Limerick Rose Kayleigh Maher with presenter Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill playing the tin whistle on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill playing the tin whistle on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
The Roses at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Western Canada Rose SInéad McGahern Irish Dancing on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Western Canada Rose SInéad McGahern Irish Dancing on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Sydney Rose Ailish Walsh playing the Flute on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Abu Dhabi Rose Niamh Kelly on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Cheering on the Roses at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Texas Rose Lydian Lawler Lopez singing Spanish Song ‘Como La Flor’ on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Sydney Rose Ailish Walsh playing the Flute on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Daithi O'Se on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Daithi O'Se on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Southern California Rose Claire McManamon on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Kildare Rose Deirbhle Mulvihill playing the tin whistle on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Waterford Rose Chloe McGrath singing ‘On My Own’ from Les Miserables on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Waterford Rose Chloe McGrath singing ‘On My Own’ from Les Miserables on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Florida Rose Elizabeth Marince on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Florida Rose Elizabeth Marince on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Galway Rose Niamh Elwood performing First Aid on Daithi O’Se on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Galway Rose Niamh Elwood performing First Aid on Daithi O’Se on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Dublin Rose Maria Coughlan on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Dublin Rose Maria Coughlan on stage at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne who was crowned as the 2017 International Rose of Tralee at the Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
OffalyRose Jennifer Byrne who was crowned as the 2017 International Rose of Tralee at the Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne who was crowned as the 2017 International Rose of Tralee at the Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne who was crowned as the 2017 International Rose of Tralee at the Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017
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The newly crowned Rose of Tralee, Dr Jennifer Byrne, has revealed why she thinks she won the competition.

The 24 year old junior doctor, who works in the Accident and Emergency department of University Hospital Galway, was announced as the winner at the festival Dome in Tralee on Tuesday night.

Asked on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1 why she thought she had been chosen to represent the festival, she said she would be a good "role model".

"To be honest I thought all 64 girls are fantastic," she said, "I guess I'm someone who's friendly and outgoing and I am from a very strong community [in Offaly].

Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne who was crowned as the 2017 International Rose of Tralee at the Festival in Tralee Co Kerry.
Pic Steve Humphreys
22nd August 2017
Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne who was crowned as the 2017 International Rose of Tralee at the Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017

"I do Irish dancing and gaelic football so I represent the typical Irish girl from a strong Irish community and I'm going to be a good role model and ambassador for the Rose of Tralee."

Jennifer explained what happened after the credits rolled on the televised event.

Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne who was crowned as the 2017 International Rose of Tralee at the Festival in Tralee Co Kerry.
Pic Steve Humphreys
22nd August 2017
Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne who was crowned as the 2017 International Rose of Tralee at the Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 22nd August 2017

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"It was absolutely incredible," she said.  "I was brought down and we went on a float - myself and Escort of the Year Thomas Lynch.  We went on this float and went in the parade and everyone was waving at me. 

"It was incredible up on stage in the street and the response from the girls, all chanting my name, and my family and friends out in front of me.

"There were fireworks everywhere and someone said to me, 'Look up at the fireworks and enjoy the moment' so that's what I did.  It was incredible.  It's a moment I'll never forget."

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Jennifer revealed that she has not "had a chance to think" about what she will do work-wise over the next year but said she will discuss it with her family and the Western GP Scheme on which she works and "figure something out".

Probed about criticism of the festival, Jennifer defended it and said, "All I can say is I had the time of my life."

She added, "The festival is where you make fantastic friends, you get ot know so many people.  It's great for personal development, communication skills and everything.

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"People don't realise the time spent together with the girls, all the preparation involved, you go through interviews.  It's a fantastic experience.  The friendships I've made are phenomenal.  The main reason I would say to do it is for the friendships and the people you meet. 

"The Rose of Tralee I've learned it's like a family.  Everyone involved is absolutely fantastic."

Jennifer made history as it is the first time in the festival's 59 years that Offaly has won the crown.

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