Winner of the 2013 Rose of Clare festival held in Cooraclare/Cree, Co.Clare was Úna Dowling of Kildare. The festival is held on the first week in August each year. This year to celebrate the Gathering Roses were invited from outside the county with representatives from Kildare, Birmingham and Australia. 16 Roses were interviewed by Colm O’Connor of the Irish Examiner on Tuesday August 6th and Wednesday 7th at Cooraclare community centre, with the winner announced on Friday August 9th. Úna was presented with a cash prize, Galway Crystal Vase supplied by Tubridy Trophies (West Clare Trophies), jewellery and a beauty hamper.