Rose of Tralee

  • A Foxford man has been selected to be one of the Rose Escorts at the 2019 Rose of Tralee International Festival in August.

    25-year old Pearce Maloney, a primary school teacher from Foxford, took part in the annual Boot Camp earlier this month in Kerry, after which 32 men were shortlisted to accompany the Roses at this year's festival.

    This is the 60th year of the Rose of Tralee Festival which runs from 23rd to 27th August.

    Pearce Maloney, who's representing Mayo among the Rose escorts, is teaching in Dublin and also studying for a Masters in History at Trinity College.

    He says his cousin Martin Davey - a former Rose escort - encouraged him to apply.

    The escorts went through an interview process in April, and had to pass several endurance tests and team-building exercises during the Boot Camp before making it to the Rose Escort shortlist.



  • 18 Roses from around the world, including the Mayo Rose, will take to the stage in the Dome in Tralee tonight, with the remaining 14 Roses showcasing their talents tomorrow night.

    This is the 60th annual Rose of Tralee contest, and Mayo is represented by 22-year old Nicole Loughlin from Shrule, who has been selected for tonight's live interviews, and will be the second rose to be interviewed by Daithi O'Sé.

    Nicole told Midwest News that she's more excited than nervous about tonight's TV appearance....


    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.

  • The new Rose of Tralee says she's a big hurling fan in her native Co Limerick, while her family support Roscommon football.

    The 2019 Limerick Rose Sinead Flanagan has been crowned the new Rose of Tralee.

    27-year-old Sinead from Adare studied medicine at UCC, and works as a junior doctor in Cork.

    Her father Padraig Flanagan is a native of Elphin, Co Roscommon.


  • The live finals of the Rose of Tralee gets underway this evening.

    32 out of the 57 Roses will compete in the televised finals over tonight and tomorrow night, live from the Dome, with more than one million viewers expected to tune in into RTE One over the two nights.

    The first 18 Roses are preparing to take to the stage this evening to be interviewed by host Daithi O'Sé.

    The Abu Dhabi Rose Sara Kate Mangan from Doohoma in north Mayo and the Leitrim Rose Imelda Scally from Loughglynn in Co Roscommon will both be interviewed tonight, while tomorrow night will see the turn of Mayo Rose Rachel Gibbons from Hollymount and the Galway Rose Deirdre O'Sullivan.

    Three of this year's Roses are from Mayo, as Lori Gavin from Islandeady is representing Kentucky.

    Lori is Operations Manager with Portwest USA and lives in Kentucky.

    However, she didn't qualify for the televised finals.