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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Bookies' favourite Aoibhinn is the new Rose

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

RENAISSANCE woman Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain was last night crowned the new Rose of Tralee. The theoretical physicist from Carnacon, Co Mayo - who has a few sidelines in seannos singing, poetry writing and concertina playing among others - was overcome with disbelief when her name was announced.

RENAISSANCE woman Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain was last night crowned the new Rose of Tralee.

The theoretical physicist from Carnacon, Co Mayo - who has a few sidelines in seannos singing, poetry writing and concertina playing among others - was overcome with disbelief when her name was announced.

"I'm speechless, I'm speechless," the Mayo Rose repeated as she took her place centre-stage. When asked how she felt by host Ray D'arcy, she said: "I don't know. I'm speechless. Thanks."

Between the wind and the applause, the roof of the Dome threatened to come off as, shaking, she received her sash and the crown was placed on her head.

Hugged by her predecessor, Orla O'Shea, Aoibhinn beamed with delight as proud parents Art and Maire watched from the audience.

A popular choice with the punters from the word go, the 22-year old native Irish speaker - who is the eldest of six - said later that she hadn't paid any attention to the odds.

"It's like a dream come true," she said, adding that it would take some time to sink in.

"I think my Kerry emblem brought me luck," she revealed, gesturing to a Kerry GAA badge pinned to her dress.

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