A Roscommon farmer has topped the poll among Roses and Rose Escorts to become the Rose Escort of the Year at the 2018 Rose of Tralee festival.

The result was announced live at the festival dome last night by host Daithí O'Sé.

Paul Clabby from Fourmilehouse, Roscommon beat off competition from 56 others to be  named Rose Escort of the Year and presented with a cheque for €1,000.

Meanwhile, the Mayo Rose Rachel Gibbons from Hollymount is one of the remaining 14 Roses that will be interviewed in the second part of the Rose of Tralee live section tonight, starting at 8pm.

The winner will be crowned at about 11.15 pm.



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