The 59th Rose of Tralee kicked off last and as usual, the best seat in the house was at home watching the action unfold on Twitter.

The competition brought its usual mix of lovely ladies from around the globe although their talents are getting more and more unusual by the year with the Roses party tricks including everything from napkin folding and blood pressure checking to cow milking and weight lifting (with Daithi as the weight).

We were introduced to 18 Roses in total last night but it was the Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey that struck the biggest chord and gained a great deal of praise for openly talking about her unplanned pregnancy and her parents struggle with heroin addiction.



Catch the second and final half of the Rose of Tralee tonight on RTE One from 8pm.