Mayo Rose


    While the Rose of Tralee has recently concluded for this year, organisers are already looking ahead to 2019 and have revamped the selection process by removing the regional qualification process.

    From next year, each centre  - including Mayo - will only select a Rose every second year, with 32 Roses being hosted in Tralee.

    Roses representing Kerry, Cork and Dublin will continue to be selected every year, while a Rose will represent Mayo every second year from 2019.

    The changes follow controversy over the selection of just 32 of the 66 Roses for the live TV interviews.


    THE 32 Roses who will appear on stage with Dáithí Ó Sé in the Dome for the televised Rose of Tralee Finals on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st August were announced this morning at a private breakfast in Tralee and include the Mayo Rose Rachel Gibbons, the Abu Dhabi Rose Sara Kate Mangan from Doohoma and the Leitrim Rose Imelda Scally from Loughglynn.

    The other roses selected hail from Galway, Arizona, Boston & New England, Carlow, Chicago, Cork, Down, Dubai, Dublin, Florida, Germany, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, London, Melbourne, Monaghan, New York, New Zealand, Newfoundland & Labrador, Perth, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, Waterford, Westmeath, Yorkshire.

    57 Roses representing Irish communities all over the world travelled to Tralee to enjoy everything that Ireland’s flagship family festival has to offer – parades, gala functions, entertainment, televised Rose selection nights, a Rose Tour and much more.

    Once again, only 32 Roses can be accommodated in the live TV selections on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st August and this year’s qualifying judging process will take place before the Roses arrive in Tralee.

    Like the past two years, three Judging Panels were involved in the qualifying selection process, an Irish and Overseas panel, while a third panel of Judges chaired by RTÉ Presenter, Mary Kennedy will pick the 2018 Rose of Tralee.

    RTÉ will broadcast the 2018 Rose of Tralee TV shows from 8pm on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st with a break for the 9 o’clock News on both nights.

    The 2018 Rose Escort of the Year will be announced on Monday 20th August and the 2018 Rose of Tralee will be crowned on Tuesday 21st.




  • The 2018 Mayo Rose is Rachel Gibbons. Rachel hails from just outside Hollymount, and she popped into studio this week to chat to Tommy Marren about her time as the Mayo Rose and how much she is looking forward to heading to the Rose of Tralee festival in the coming weeks. She also talked about why she has chosen to partner with the Mayo Mental Health Association and how she herself has had struggles with mental health, in a brilliantly frank and honest interview.