The Chicago Rose, 27-year-old Maggie Rose McEldowney, was crowned as the 2016 Rose of Tralee in the Dome last night.

Maggie was the first Rose on Tuesday's live show and during her interview with host Dáithí Ó Sé she spoke of her Irish heritage, in particular her grandparents who hail from Co Derry, her love of golf and running marathons.

She works as the Director of Development for a Catholic High School and is on the Board of the Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, a committee responsible for coordinating fundraisers that celebrate Irish culture.

Maggie, who described her time at the Rose of Tralee festival as "the experience of a lifetime", also received a nice surprise in the form of a video message of support from her boyfriend Jim Fitzgibbon who works as a fireman in Chicago and was unable to travel to Tralee.

She shared a few jokes with Dáithí about dating a fireman and laughed that "if he makes a calendar - I'll make sure everyone gets a copy".

Maggie takes over the crown from last year's winner, Elysha Brennan, who was the Meath Rose.

Afterwards a shocked Maggie told Dáithí that she "can't believe this is happening" and in a very humble acceptance speech said that "it's just an honour to represent the sixty-four other women" before she was serenaded by country singer Nathan Carter. 

Two weeks ago RTÉ Entertainment caught up with Maggie before the start of the Rose of Tralee festival and she told us that she had travelled over to Ireland with her family and recounted how excited they all were to be attending the festival. 

Check out her video profile here.

A number of other contestants who appeared on Tuesday night's show made a strong impression with the viewing public, in particular the Wicklow Rose, Jane Harrison.

Her inspirational words about how she still struggled to find happiness, despite losing thirteen stone in weight, struck a chord with many viewers who took to social media to heap praise on her.

Luckily there was no repeat of Monday night's drama when the show was briefly interrupted by a protester. However, there were still plenty of stand-out moments on Tuesday.

Once again, the poetry-free party pieces proved to be highly entertaining including the Ohio Rose's mastery of the hula-hoop (she even had #hoop trending on Twitter), some very random bouquet throwing by the Texas Rose and an epic bluegrass rendition of She Moved Through the Fair from the North Carolina Rose, Maigan Kennedy.

If you missed Tuesday night's show it will be repeated on Wednesday at 2.45pm on RTÉ One and will also be available on the RTÉ Player.