Celebrating 60 years in 2019

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A very special year lies ahead for the International Rose of Tralee Festival. It’s hard to believe it but the festival is celebrating a staggering sixty years in existence and like all the many Rose centres around the world, the Dublin Rose Centre will be pulling out all the stops to mark this very special milestone. (The following article first … Read More

1962 – Ciara O’Sullivan becomes Rose of Tralee

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On the 3rd September 1962 at Ashe Memorial Hall on Denny St, Tralee, Kevin Coffey from the New York Rose of Tralee Committee presented Ciara O’Sullivan from Dublin with the winning Rose of Tralee trophy. She later described the festival as a “life changing experience that gave me joy, enduring friendships and wonderful memories for which I am forever grateful.” … Read More

Dancing in the Dome • How Irish Dancing helped me to become a Rose

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In her latest blog post, Dublin Rose Maria Coughlan has written about how her background in competitive Irish Dancing helped her get the most out of her experience in the Rose of Tralee Festival. From her initial decision to apply, through local selection events in Dublin, judges interviews and on to the International Festival in Tralee live on RTE Television, … Read More

Jennifer Byrne, 24 from Offaly is crowned 2017 International Rose of Tralee

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Huge congratulations to Jennifer Byrne, the first ever Offaly Rose to be crowned International Rose of Tralee! Jennifer works as a junior doctor in the Accident and Emergency Department at University College Galway and came out on top of a total pool of sixty four Roses who participated in this year’s International Rose of Tralee festival. Speaking in front of … Read More

Maria, our Malahide Rose

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Shortly before heading down to the International Rose of Tralee Festival to represent Dublin, I met with Maria Coughlan to talk about why she applied for the festival this year, how she was feeling ahead of the experience and to get to know a bit more about the Malahide native. By Rachael O’Brien We met on Maria’s doorstep in the … Read More

Dublin Rose Centre raises €1,500 for CMRF (Crumlin) Charity

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Following on from the successful cancer treatment received by his nephew in Crumlin Children’s Hospital last year, current Rose of Tralee Escort of the Year, John Slowey set about raising funds for CMRF Crumlin (it’s official fundraising body). Using his musical talents and his extensive Rose of Tralee connections, John lead the production of a charity single, “It’s Time” which … Read More

Dublin Rose Centre raises €10,100 for SavingDylan.com charity

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Each year the current Dublin Rose chooses a charitable organisation for the Dublin Rose Centre to partner with and raise funds for. In 2016, Dublin Rose Lorna Whyte selected SavingDylan.com as her chosen charity. The main event of the year regarding our charity efforts is the Dublin Rose Gala Ball and we are delighted to report that when proceeds of ticket sales, … Read More

Maria Coughlan, 25, from Malahide is the 2017 Dublin Rose

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The new Dublin Rose is Maria Coughlan, a 25 year old school teacher from Malahide in North Dublin.  She is the youngest of three children and teaches at St. Vincent de Paul Infant School on Griffith Avenue. Maria is a champion Irish Dancer, having retired last year as a two time World Champion, five time All Ireland Champion and three time … Read More