The new Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne from Offaly celebrates at the Midnight Madness party in Tralee on Tuesday night .Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

The newly crowned Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne has said “there’s nothing outdated” about the competition as she began her first day in the role. The(...)

A delighted Jennifer Byrne is crowned as the 2017 Rose of Tralee onstage in the Rose of Tralee International Festival Dome. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne was crowned the 2017 Rose of Tralee on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old from Clonaderig works as a junior doctor in the acc(...)

Current  Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney  said  the competition is “about celebrating women, not bringing each other down”.  File photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

If every single entrant in the Rose of Tralee finals “got up there with their own political [views] it would be a mud slinging contest and that is not(...)

Newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney, the Chicago Rose, in the rose garden at Tralee Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The 2016 Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney has said the festival is apolitical and not the place to air political views. Ms McEldowney (27), the Chic(...)

Newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney, the Chicago Rose,  in the rose garden at Tralee Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The reality of what it means to be the Rose of Tralee only dawned on Maggie McEldowney when she saw the morning newspapers. Almost without exception (...)

The new Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney has said it is not her place to speak on the issue of abortion.

The new Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney has said it is not her place to speak on the issue of abortion. The Chicago Rose would not be drawn on comm(...)