Philadelphia Maria Walsh: the winning Rose at the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival. Photograph:Domnick Walsh

Native of Boston who moved to Mayo, Maria Walsh ‘absolutely shocked’ by the result

Abu Dhabi Rose Patrice McGillycuddy (r) has been installed as the favourite to win the Rose of Tralee after her performance in the Dome last night. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus.

Darwin Rose reveals mother previously kicked out of competition as she had a child

Laois rose Teresa Brennan with Dáithí Ó Sé on stage during Rose of Tralee International Festival in the Dome, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

Host Dáithí Ó Sé gamely agrees to accept the ice bucket challenge live on air in Tralee

 Kyle Catlett proposes to then  New Orleans rose Molly Molloy Gambel live on air during the  Rose of Tralee last year. They have since married and are in Tralee for this year’s festival. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Molly Molloy Gambel flabbergasted by on-air proposal during Rose of Tralee last year

Sarah Harrington from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, cheers as her side wallop Cork to the dismay of Anna Geary. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

Cork contestant watches as her side suffer 10 point drubbing at the hands of Tipperary

An allegation of bias against The Mooney Show on the issue of same sex marriage has been upheld by the broadcasting watchdog. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Broadcasting watchdog says Derek Mooney should have offered alternative viewpoint

The public toilets at the junction of Anglesea Road and Merrion Road, across the road from the RDS, being demolished. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Facility at junction of Anglesea Road and Merrion Road one of 70 once operated in Dublin

Host Dáithí Ó Sé with some of the 32 Irish and International Roses taking part in the 2014 International Rose Selection at the launch of this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Now in its 55th year, the Rose of Tralee’s place in the Irish calendar is secure

Jessica Springsteen and Charlie Jayne celebrate with the Nations Cup. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Bruce Springsteen’s daughter was part of team that clinched trophy at Dublin Horse Show

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