The Grand Final of the Star Nation 2020 music competition has been won by 18-year-old Rachel Grace, a singer/songwriter from Wexford.

The Leinster representative in the final, Rachel saw off stiff provincial  competition from Classic Yellow from Galway (Connacht), Cavan's Face of the Earth (Ulster) and Cormac Looby from Tipperary (Munster).

Covid-19 restrictions had placed a huge question mark over the live final but the organisers came up with a solution to enable the event to go ahead last Saturday - the first live gig at Galway’s Róisín Dubh in almost six months.

All four finalists performed two songs to a limited audience while their performances were also streamed live on event sponsor Four Star Pizza’s main Facebook page and on the company’s website.

A judging panel viewed the performances from a separate location within the building and ultimately selected Rachel as the Star Nation 2020 winner.