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Daithi O’Se launching the 2018 Rose of Tralee festival

“If you look at the Rose of Tralee from the beginning, there was a set of rules from the first day and those rules have changed as the years went on.

“The Rose of Tralee has always been forwarding thinking, say for example there was a time where if you had a child you weren’t allowed to enter, that changed a good few years ago.

“Trans women in the Rose of Tralee; I just can’t wait to get the first trans woman up on stage because it’s going to be great fun.

“It’s about being inclusive, we’re all here together, it’s a very safe place and it’s a good fun, happy place to be,”

Daithi O’Se Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment at today’s Rose of Tralee festival launch.

Rose of Tralee host Dáithí Ó Sé hopes to welcome the first trans woman to the festival (RTE)



Daithi O Se and rose contestants in 2018

This afternoon.

The Rose of Tralee Festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid-19.

Via RTÉ:

In a statement, Anthony O’Gara, Rose of Tralee International Festival CEO, confirmed the news on Monday.

He said that since last year’s postponement, they have been working on how to safely deliver the 2021 Rose of Tralee International Festival.

However, the timeframe envisaged to “steer our communities out of this pandemic” means that they will not be able to have a festival again this year.

Rose of Tralee Festival cancelled for 2021 due to pandemic (RTÉ)



That’ll learn her.

Jayne Mansfield?

Rose of Tralee host Daithi O’Sé at last year’s festival launch

This morning.

“Taking into account Government guidelines, the safety of our communities, and the ability to deliver a wonderful Festival; we have decided to postpone our 2020 Festival until August 2021.

“Our immediate priority is to support the health and civic authorities in doing whatever we can to keep each other safe and well, and ultimately to protect lives.”

Anthony O’Gara, Executive Chair, Rose of Tralee International

Rose of Tralee organisers cancel 2020 festival (RTÉ)


Veterinary Nurse and Dublin Zoo Zookeeper, Dublin Rose Laura Vines at the launch of the Rose of Tralee in Castletown House Celbridge, County Kildare last week


Last night.

Rose of Tralee.

Dublin Rose Laura Vines and ‘Penny’ in one of the highlights from the first night of the festival.


Rose of Tralee – the best moments from night one (RTÉ)

They’ll never catch him now.

This afternoon.

Castletown House, Celbridge, County Kildare

Telly’s Daithi O’Sé takes part in the annual ‘Running of the Daithi’ which precedes the Rose of Tralee Festival with a cheeky two-wheeled twist.

Resourceful devil.



Further scenes from the Rose of Tralee launch.

Who needs Daithi when you have a lamb?


This afternoon.

Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

An undeniably lovely bunch of seven ‘Roses from Ireland and ‘abroad’ competing in the 2019 Rose of Tralee gathered for a pre-festival photo shoot organised by lead sponsor Tipperary Water.

The participants will also take part in the traditional ‘running of the Daithi’ at Montrose, Dublin 4 at an unspecified date later this month.

Above from left: Abu Dhabi Rose Karen Cashman, San Francisco Rose Brooklynn Quinn, Antrim Rose Orlagh McClinton, Longford Rose Marie Brady, Galway Rose Orla McDaid, Melbourne Rose Jordan Balfry and Limerick Rose Sinead Flanagan.

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

You’re their wife now.

This afternoon.

Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

Just some of the 57 Rose of Tralee International Festival 2018 contestants chase presenter Daithi O Se in the traditional manner to launch the festival which starts next Monday.



Licence to hup.

Defiant roses and Daithi at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham this afternoon.

Earlier: Meeting Brigid