Tipperary Rose Aoife Kelly has been crowned Rose of Tralee.

The 23-year-old beat off competition from 30 other contestants to become the 49th Rose of Tralee.

She said she was 'chuffed' to be taking the crown home.

Ms Kelly is an occupational therapist at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire, where she works with patients who have had spinal injuries.

She has a passion for travel, spending working summers in the US and has travelled to South Africa doing voluntary work with children suffering from HIV.

Ms Kelly also enjoys making cards, painting and anything creative.

She played gaelic football for her university in Aberdeen and also in San Francisco.

She hopes to work as a senior occupational therapist and a reflexologist, and return to volunteer in the South African townships.

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