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Daithi has a dry run for Roses gig

Daithi O Se delighted female fans when he took to the stage to compere the entertainment and announced that he is single and looking for love.

Despite the heavy downpours, the popular weatherman managed to lift punters' spirits with his witty banter as he grilled hunky rugby player Tommy Bowe about his love life, before confirming that he himself is very much unattached.

The presenter later had the opportunity to mix with some fine fillies when he MC'd the Most Appropriately Dressed Lady Competition sponsored by milliner Suzie Mahony, who judged the event alongside style guru Mandy Maher.

Carmel Rourke from Correndulla in Galway was crowned the winner, scooping a one-off hat designed by Suzie herself.

Daithi (34), who is based in Galway, will be in attendance at the races throughout the week but said his gig as an MC was a one off.

Instead the star is hoping that a flutter on the horses will help him recoup his losses after Galway were knocked out of the All Ireland hurling quarter finals by Tipperary on Sunday afternoon.

"I was just presenting for the day," he explained. "I'm here for the craic for the rest of the week. This is my last practice run before the Rose of Tralee so I'm testing out my best jokes. This is what you can expect from me in the Dome."

Daithi is due to take off on a nationwide tour of the country with the Roses in the coming weeks, ahead of his big debut as Ray D'Arcy's replacement for the televised Rose of Tralee contest.