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Rose Martha delighted as partner wins escort of year

LEITRIM Rose Martha Gilheany had plenty to celebrate last night when her escort, Derry native Robbie Costelloe, beat off stiff competition from fellow finalists Gareth McGreevy from Belfast and Colm Power from Galway to scoop the title of 2010 Escort of the Year.

Robbie, who has a degree in languages, attended the annual 'lovely girls' contest for the second year in a row in the capacity of escort, and says it was his practice at being chivalrous last year which led to him being awarded the coveted title.

He was presented with €1,000 in cash and a set of Newbridge cutlery from Newbridge Silverware. Robbie will now make it three in a row by returning to next year's festival.

Speaking at the after party in the festival Dome last night, Martha said she was delighted when her right-hand man nabbed the top prize.