Rose of Tralee crowned
The 2013 Rose of Tralee has been announced.
The Texas Rose Haley O'Sullivan was the worthy recipient of this year's crown.
Daithí O'Sé stood on the stage with the envelope in his hand as all 32 roses waited with baited breath to hear the result.
The 25-year-old was the contestant that most impressed the judges however and shortly after the announcement the 2012 Rose Nicola McEvoy handed over the tiara.
Meanwhile The hashtag #Texas is now trending in Ireland.
Speaking during rehearsals Hayley admited she was looking forward to tonight.
Ms O'Sullivan currently lives in Dallas and graduated from The University of Arizona in 2010 with an honours degree in Elementary Education.
The Texan works as a marketing coordinator for an industrial chemical company.
Her strong Irish connections come from her grandfather who was raised on Bere Island off the coast of Co Cork. Her grandmother's parents were from Cork and Longford.
In addition to her Irish ties Ms O'Sullivan is a member of Dallas’ GAA club, Fionn Mac Cumhaills and serves as a young leader in The American Ireland Fund.
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