This year's Rose of Tralee Festival was a hit with viewers, with Irish audiences reaching 1,181,00 viewers after RTÉ's Nine O'Clock News.

The crowning of this year's Rose of Tralee, Texan Haley O'Sullivan, drew a peak of 808,140, while an average of 668,000 viewers watched the final show, which had a share of 49%.

Rose of Tralee host Dáithí Ó Sé said of this year's winner: "I've had another fantastic year hosting the Rose of Tralee and I'm delighted for Haley.

"Her lively personality and caring nature really shone through during the week and also on stage. She will be a great ambassador for the Rose of Tralee."

Rose of Tralee 2013 winner Haley O'Sullivan said: "I'm shocked but thrilled to be crowned the Rose of Tralee. It's such an honour to represent the Roses and Festival."

Rose of Tralee host Dáithí Ó Sé with winner Haley O'Sullivan