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#Rose of Tralee

# rose-of-tralee - Tuesday 20 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge She DID say yes! Here's what happened after the Rose of Tralee proposal... NO NO NO This post contains videos

She DID say yes! Here's what happened after the Rose of Tralee proposal...

New Orleans Rose MollyMolloy and Kyle were interviewed backstage. Awkward.

# rose-of-tralee - Monday 19 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge Rose of Tralee 2013: Night One as it happened Rose Of Tralee

Rose of Tralee 2013: Night One as it happened

A live marriage proposal, kissing a cod, and bedtime stories… it was a strange evening.

From The Daily Edge Rose of Tralee hopeful gets proposed to... live on stage Rose Of Tralee This post contains videos

Rose of Tralee hopeful gets proposed to... live on stage

But did she say yes?

From TheJournal.ie Here’s What Happened Today: Monday News Fix

Here’s What Happened Today: Monday

Everyone’s talking about the four Irish citizens detained in Cairo, CAO, and the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

From The Daily Edge PLAY: Rose of Tralee Bingo! Rose Of Tralee

PLAY: Rose of Tralee Bingo!

We’ll be live-blogging the festival tonight and tomorrow. Why not join in the fun?

From The Daily Edge 16 of the best quotes from the Lovely Girls of 2013 Dáithí Ó Sé

16 of the best quotes from the Lovely Girls of 2013

Aren’t they all lovely?

# rose-of-tralee - Saturday 17 August, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Gangsters' dream of winning Rose of Tralee: The week's news skewed Not The News

Gangsters' dream of winning Rose of Tralee: The week's news skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Belmullet gardai seek help tracing their own movements; Bradley Manning apologises to Ryanair.

# rose-of-tralee - Tuesday 13 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge Meet the Lovely Girls of 2013 Rose Of Tralee

Meet the Lovely Girls of 2013

Um, and Dáithí Ó Sé.

# rose-of-tralee - Sunday 9 June, 2013

From TheJournal.ie How a Rose of Tralee escort (and contestant) are gathering stories about depression Mental Health

How a Rose of Tralee escort (and contestant) are gathering stories about depression

A new Facebook campaign is asking people to share their stories about how they got through depression.

# rose-of-tralee - Sunday 14 April, 2013

From The Daily Edge 7 essential skills you'll need as a Rose of Tralee escort Escort Masterclass This post contains videos

7 essential skills you'll need as a Rose of Tralee escort

Before you try and take part you better read this.

# rose-of-tralee - Sunday 7 April, 2013

From TheJournal.ie You know we had a 'Gathering' 60 years ago, right? An Tóstal This post contains videos

You know we had a 'Gathering' 60 years ago, right?

‘An Tóstal’ was organised in 1953 to encourage visitors to come to Ireland outside of the normal tourist season. And it gave us the Rose of Tralee.

# rose-of-tralee - Friday 15 March, 2013

From TheJournal.ie Column: So you want to set up a festival? Here's what you should know... Opinion

Column: So you want to set up a festival? Here's what you should know...

Festivals and events can bring much-needed tourism to a town, village or region, generating substantial economic and socio-cultural benefits. Feargus Dunne advises on how to organise one.

# rose-of-tralee - Sunday 26 August, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Michael D, rugby and video games: The week in numbers Prime Numbers

Michael D, rugby and video games: The week in numbers

How many people love (or loathe) the Lovely Girls? How popular is Guinness? And how long does it take a video to become viral?

# rose-of-tralee - Saturday 25 August, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Top readers' comments of the week You Told Us

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the funniest, most thought-provoking and interesting comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?

# rose-of-tralee - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

From TheJournal.ie The Evening Fix: Wednesday Need To Know

The Evening Fix: Wednesday

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

From TheJournal.ie Over 890,000 tune in to see new Rose of Tralee crowned Rose TV

Over 890,000 tune in to see new Rose of Tralee crowned

Audience figures peaked for the moment when Nicola McEvoy was named this year’s winner.

From The Daily Edge The Rose of Tralee and 7 other things Luxembourg has given us Better Than Us

The Rose of Tralee and 7 other things Luxembourg has given us

Including Jean-Claude Juncker, Atlantic 252 and feelings of complete inadequacy.

From The Daily Edge Pics and video: the 6 best bits from the Rose of Tralee ROT This post contains videos

Pics and video: the 6 best bits from the Rose of Tralee

High heels, banners and Rose Buds.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Wednesday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

The nine stories you need to know this morning.

# rose-of-tralee - Tuesday 21 August, 2012

From The Daily Edge As it happened: The Rose of Tralee Finals, Day Two Rose Of Tralee This post contains videos

As it happened: The Rose of Tralee Finals, Day Two

It can’t get better than last night, can it?

From The Daily Edge 6 lovely girls pageants that are not the Rose of Tralee MISS ATOM This post contains videos

6 lovely girls pageants that are not the Rose of Tralee

While The Rose of Tralee prides itself on being different to other pageants there are plenty of other ‘alternative’ competitions around the world.

From The Daily Edge PLAY: Rose of Tralee Bingo 2012 Rose Of Tralee

PLAY: Rose of Tralee Bingo 2012

The Daily Edge will be live-blogging the festival’s centre piece tonight and tomorrow. Why not join in the fun with a round of Rose of Tralee Bingo?

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Tuesday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

From The Daily Edge Pics & video: 6 bizarre moments from last night's Rose of Tralee Recap This post contains videos This post contains images

Pics & video: 6 bizarre moments from last night's Rose of Tralee

Dolphins, dances and voodoo dolls. Oh, Ireland.

# rose-of-tralee - Monday 20 August, 2012

From The Daily Edge As it happened: The Rose of Tralee Finals, Day One Rose Of Tralee

As it happened: The Rose of Tralee Finals, Day One

Every Rose. Every one of Dáithí’s ‘jokes’. As it happened.

From The Daily Edge Nicki Minaj cancels Dublin gig over vocal issues Illness

Nicki Minaj cancels Dublin gig over vocal issues

Full refunds for disappointed ticket holders are now available from point of purchase.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Will you watch the Rose of Tralee? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you watch the Rose of Tralee?

It’s one of the most-watched programmes in Ireland every single year, but it’s also criticised for being outdated and irrelevant. Will you watch?

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Monday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Monday

The nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

# rose-of-tralee - Sunday 19 August, 2012

From The Daily Edge The Big Fat Rose of Tralee Quiz Rose Of Tralee This post contains images

The Big Fat Rose of Tralee Quiz

Which Rose likes to nibble cheese and strawberries and who just can’t stop spontaneously dancing? The Daily Edge asks the big questions (take that, Dáithi).

# rose-of-tralee - Saturday 18 August, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Points, petrol and Roses of Tralee: The week in numbers Prime Numbers

Points, petrol and Roses of Tralee: The week in numbers

Just how expensive was Robin van Persie? And how badly are you penalised if you breach trade sanctions?

# rose-of-tralee - Friday 17 August, 2012

From TheJournal.ie The Evening Fix: Friday Need To Know

The Evening Fix: Friday

Things we learned, loved, and shared today…

From TheJournal.ie Certificates of Irish Heritage given to Roses Irish Ancestry

Certificates of Irish Heritage given to Roses

Fifteen of this year’s Rose of Tralee contestants have received an official recognition of their Irish ancestry by the Government.

# rose-of-tralee - Friday 26 August, 2011

From The Daily Edge Next stop, Ellen? Dublin Rose gets some love from Perez Hilton Rot11 This post contains videos

Next stop, Ellen? Dublin Rose gets some love from Perez Hilton

A video of the self-taught hip hop dancing Rose has been featured on an influential US gossip blog – but not everyone’s a fan of her moves.

# rose-of-tralee - Wednesday 24 August, 2011

From The Daily Edge Watch: Is this the best Rose of Tralee talent ever? Work Can Wait This post contains videos

Watch: Is this the best Rose of Tralee talent ever?

The Queensland Rose may have won, but she wasn’t the real star. Hold on to your chair and watch this dance…

# rose-of-tralee - Monday 22 August, 2011

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Monday The Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Monday

The battle for Tripoli rages on, the bishop of Cloyne breaks his silence, Ireland’s latest viral sensation and… can we turn light bulbs into wifi routers?

From TheJournal.ie Introducing: the 32 contestants in this year’s Rose of Tralee Rose Of Tralee This post contains images

Introducing: the 32 contestants in this year’s Rose of Tralee

Which of these 10 Irish and 22 international entrants are ‘lovely and fair’ enough to become the 53rd Rose of Tralee?

# rose-of-tralee - Sunday 21 August, 2011

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Sunday Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Sunday

All the day’s news, plus the little bits you may not have caught yet.

From TheJournal.ie Q&A: What’s it really like being a Rose of Tralee? Lovely Girl

Q&A: What’s it really like being a Rose of Tralee?

As Ireland (and the world) gears up for the 2011 Rose of Tralee finals, we talk to someone who really knows…

# rose-of-tralee - Tuesday 24 August, 2010

DAITHI Ó SÉ MADE his debut as host of the Rose of Tralee competition last night, to either fanfare or consternation, depending on your point of view.

The two-part comp was last presented by popular Today FM presenter Ray D’Arcy.

The first half of the 32 contestants were interviewed by O Sé last night, but it seems that all eyes were on the presenter.

Glucose started a politics.ie thread criticising O Sé’s performance:

Dáithí Ó Sé is embarrassing on the rose of Tralee. Firstly, is he aware of camera positions? Secondly, his accent is hard to understand. Thirdly, he is talking too much and interrupting the roses. Fourthly, his nerves are making the contestants nervous. Shocking presenting performance.

asset test followed up, condemning his fellow politics.ie members for even looking at the festival:

Why are you all watching this Kerry gombeen rubbish at all at all? As for Daithi, I don’t think it matters one bit if he’s good or bad. Who will remember? Apparently though the ladies think he is just divine.

Much of the debate centred on Ó Sé’s accent, described by Glucose as sounding:

…like Tom Cruise in Far and Away.
It’s a hideous accent.

FrankSpeaks was quick to leap to Dáithí’s defence though, responding:

I think your criticism of Dáthaí’s accent is over the top, I had absolutely no problem with it. He probably never attended English elocution lessons but he is easily understood by any English speaker.

Compare Dáthaí’s accent to a Geordie or some of the Scottish one’s and I think most people would find it easier to understand Dáthaí. As I said previously I thought he started poorly but was vastly improved by the end of the show. Remember Ryan Tubridy’s first Late Late I thought it was awful but the second show was a huge improvement.

@curlydena on twitter was baffled by the very concept of the Rose of Tralee, exclaiming:

The Rose of Tralee – it confuses me. I won’t lie. I just don’t get it.

@arcaller wasn’t best pleased and in his fury even forgot who Dáithí is:

Thought RTE programmes couldnt get any worse but was proven wrong by rose of Tralee and Daihi who ever he is cringe cringe.

# rose-of-tralee - Monday 23 August, 2010

THE ROSE OF TRALEE is one of Ireland’s best known festivals.

Held annually, the festival attracts would-be Roses from Birmingham, Boston, Darwin, Dubai, France, London, Luxembourg, Newcastle, New York, New Orleans, New Zealand, Perth, Queensland, San Fransisco, Southern California, South Australia, Sydney, Texas and Toronto.

But the festival wasn’t always what it is today. here are five thing you might not have known about our Lovely Girls competition…

1. It use to be a tiny bit more exclusive

Today we’re used to winners hailing from as far away as Australia but originally, only women from the town of Tralee were eligible to compete.  Tralee has a population of just over 20,000 today so, in the early 1960s, the rules were extended to include any women from, wait for it…

Kerry.

Right. As much as we love Kerry, it’s a county with a whopping population of 140,000.

The organisers eventually gave up the ghost in 1967 and opened the competition to include any women of Irish birth or ancestry. Much better.

2. Singles night

As recently as 2007, only single women were allowed to participate in the Rose of Tralee. Was this because the contest was used as a nationwide, televised singles night? Or because, once married, women can no longer be considered “lovely and fair”?

Hmm, perhaps a desire to stay at least a mile from such questions at all times caused the organisers to relax this rule. They opened the contest to women wearing wedding rings three years ago.

3. Oops, just one more tweak…

A year later, they hastened to add that unmarried mothers could also be considered attractive, intelligent women. What a forward-thinking step for, er… 2008.

4. Surprise, surprise: it’s a tourist trap!

The Rose of Tralee owes its name to a poem penned by a wealthy (Protestant) William Pembroke Mulchinock for his family’s (Catholic) maid, Mary O’Connor in the 19th century.

Surprisingly, William and Mary’s relationship ended in tears – but the good news is that his poem became one of Ireland’s most famous ballads about beauty and lost love.

However, the festival has its origins in the (once annual) Carnival Queen event, which was forced to stop because of mass emigration. In the 1950s a group of businessmen, discussing how to bring some tourism to the town, remembered the old Carnival Queen event – and the ballad about Mary O’Connor. The Rose of Tralee festival was born.

5. A very Irish beauty contest

Although classified as a beauty contest, the Rose of Tralee does not actually score entrants on their physical appearance. In contrast to all other beauty pageants in the world, the festival has no swimsuit section.

Instead contestants are judged on their personalities – shocker – and the festival celebrates the “aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage” of young Irish women.

Past Roses can boast such as achievements as:

  • Winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for journalism (Michele McCormack; 1985 Chicago Rose)
  • Becoming Executive Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange (Noreen M Culhane; 1970 New York Rose)
  • Graduating with a degree in theoretical physics (Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin; 2005 Mayo Rose)
  • Performing live in Carnegie Hall (Róisín Egenton; 2000 New York Rose).