If you were one of the many thousands who travelled from all over the world to Ireland to the town of Tralee to enjoy The Rose of Tralee Festival, including the Rose of Tralee Selection, you may still be recovering from all the excitement today, as last night the Rose for 2012 was finally crowned.
Roses from around the world who competed in the much coveted competition, brought with them friends and family for support as the main Rose of Tralee Selection took place on 20th and 21st August from the Festival Dome and was aired on RTE fronted by Dáithí Ó Sé.
Last night as the competition came to a close, Nicola McEvoy, 26, a teacher from Cork representing Luxembourg was crowned 2012 Rose of Tralee. Born and raised in Cork, Nicola is a secondary school history, human science and geography teacher at the European School of Luxembourg and was being referred to as a serious contender as her popularity grew following her appearance on Monday night and her beautiful rendition of Edith Piaf’s classic ‘La Vie en Rose’.
The stunned Luxembourg Rose could not believe she was the new Rose and looked visibly stunned as her name was announced and Irish and Munster Rugby Hero Ronan O’Gara presented her with her crown.
Congratulations Nicola and well done to all the national and international Roses.