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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





St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare Town, County Kildare

Saint Brigid of Kildare‘ welcomes the Rose  of Tralee Contestants to St Brigids Cathedral part of  a tour of County Kildare, hosted by Kildare Failte.

Known for her once ubiquitous wonky reed-fused crucifix, Brigid is less celebrated for turning water into beer.

A saint?

She’s a goddammed angel.


Previously: I See Trees of Green, Red Roses Too

Pics: Aishling Conway

Ah Mr Ó Sé, we’ve been expecting you.

This afternoon.

Malahide Castle, County Dublin.

Sinead Harrington writes:

Dáithí Ó Sé brought a license to thrill to the RTÉ Rose of Tralee launch when he was helicoptered into Malahide Castle to meet all 64 hopeful Roses for the first time ahead of this year’s 2017 Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Dáithí’s dramatic aerial entrance, courtesy of a former Rose of Tralee escort and pilot Ted Robinson, ensured that the Rose of Tralee festival started in style.

This is Dáithí’s eighth year presenting the show, proving that in his eyes Roses are forever; he and the 2017 Roses were in flying form at Malahide Castle before they began their journey to Tralee.

The festival is now in its 58th year and interviews with the final 32 Roses will be broadcast live from the festival dome in Kerry at 8pm on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 August on RTÉ One with a break for the Nine O’Clock News….



Lovely girls love GAA.

All Ireland rivals, from top: Niamh McElduff (Tyrone) and Maria Coughlan (Dublin), Niamh Elwood (Galway) and Chloe McGrath (Waterford).



Ah here.

Thanks James M Chimney