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Last night was the climax of the Rose ofTraleeFestival 2013, where we decided who take the tiara! After seeing how well all the girls did on Monday night I knew things could only get tougher Tuesday. I was looking forward to seeing what night two could bring and as with night one I wasn't disappointed.

The Dome was bustling with onlookers and the atmosphere was electric with great support for the Roses! Daithi was on fire again last night, I always admire the repose he builds with the Roses over the duration of the festival. Each of last night's 14 Roses did a fantastic job and I have no doubt that all of this year's contestant will go on to do great things.

A final thank you and best wishes to outgoing Rose of Tralee, Nicola Mc Evoy, she has really encapsulated the Rose of Tralee over the past 12 months, I don't think it's the last we will be hearing of Nicola!

After the interviews the crowd was treated to a performance by Shane Filan, Westlife were always a guilty pleasure of mine so I was delighted to see Shane! It goes without saying that deciding who would win the competition was extremely difficult! 25-year old Texas Rose Haley O'Sullivan was crowned the 2013 Rose of Tralee. On behalf of the Carlton Hotel Group I would like to congratulate Hayley on her new title and we are all looking forward to seeing more of her over the next 12 months!

As this is my first year judging I would like to thank the Rose of Tralee Festival Committee for giving me the opportunity to be so involved. We at the Carlton Hotel Group love the festival and I have to commend the great work done by its committee every year!

Celebrations are still underway here in Tralee so I better be off. Hope you have enjoyed this year's Rose of Tralee as much as I have!

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