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

What makes a (Dublin) Rose?

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Shortly before heading off to Tralee to represent Dublin at this year’s International Rose of Tralee Festival, I sat down with Lorna Whyte to see how she was feeling as the festival approached and to learn some more about why this primary school teacher from Malahide decided to put her name forward for the Rose of Tralee this year.  We met … Read More