A little bit of North West history will be made tonight when a Sligo Rose will appear for the very first time in the Rose of Tralee finals.
It is also a very special year for the competition as it celebrates its 50th anniversay this year. The event will be hosted by Ray D’arcy who has comfortably fit into the role made famous by adopted Donegal son, Gay Byrne and later Marty Whelan.
Sinead McGill from Gurteen has been selected to represent Sligo and the television audience is usually one of the highest on RTE television each year.
Earlier Charlene Anderson, a member of the Donegal Road Traffic Corps had been initially crowned the Sligo Rose, but it later emerged that she was over the age limit for the event, by a matter of weeks, a move local organisers said had been totally innocent and for which they later apologised.
Sinead then got the crown and went one better at the regional finals in Portlaoise, when she was selected to get to the Tralee finals.
So there was a happy ending and so fingers crossed for the Yeats County beauty Sinead McGill, who has already impressed the thousands of people in Tralee for Ireland’s most famous beauty pageant.