The winner of the Rose of Tralee 2018 has finally been revealed.
The Waterford Rose beat dozens of hopefuls in the Dome in Tralee, and will now represent the title for the next 12 months.
Kirsten Ann Mate Maher was also a favourite of viewers at home after she spoke out about people focusing on the colour of her skin.
“I’m speechless,” she said as she was handed the crown, and said through tears.
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As well as speaking about the constant focus on the colour of her skin, Kristen also serenaded viewers in the talent section.
During her interview, Daithi had made a strong statement that “we are all the same” and that it shouldn’t matter “what the colour of your skin, who you pray to or who you marry”.
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Over two nights 32 women were interviewed by Daithi O’Se and showed off their various talents to the crowds as well as viewers at home.
We saw everything from folding napkins, and on-stage cow milking, to singing and dancing.
Carlow Rose Shana Ray Lacey had also been an early favourite to win, after blowing away viewers at home with her honesty.
The first ever mother to make it to the live finals revealed she came from a home of addiction and said she made it her life goal to live a different life to that of her parents.