The Roses walk in Tralee Town Park at the opening of the Rose Walk dedicated to 2011 Washington DC Rose Dorothy Henggeler, who died last year. Photogaph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

In April last year the 2011 Washington DC Rose, Dorothy Moriarty Henggeler, died of a brain haemorrhage shortly before her 28th birthday. Her parents(...)

Rose of Tralee compere Dáithí Ó Sé  enjoys the event’s launch with contestants at RTÉ. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s nearing the end of another soggy Irish summer which can only mean one thing - the Rose of Tralee is close at hand. There is an autumnal chill cre(...)

Derek Davis: said he had developed his large, ebullient “persona” to match his size. Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

  “Derek Davis could well have been with me on the boat on Lough Sheelin today, waiting for the mayfly to rise,” said Derek Evans, friend (...)

Rose of Tralee contestants may find a permanent home in Kerry. Photograph: Eric Luke

The company behind the Rose of Tralee has announced its intention to bid for the Fels Point Hotel, the festival’s home since 2007. If successful, the (...)

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh after winning the festival last month.

Rose of Tralee executive chairman Anthony O’Gara has accused critics of the festival of peddling “boorish nonsense”. Mr O’Gara responded to rec(...)

Ronan McGreevy The judges who chose the Rose of Tralee probably knew Maria Walsh was gay but were not interested in her sexuality, the executive chair(...)

 Rose of Tralee 2014 Maria Walsh. She said the question of her sexuality never came up during the festival and was not relevant in any case. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh /Eye Focus 1:36

The new Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh has said she has received positive feedback since going public on being gay. Ms Walsh said the question of her sex(...)

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh has spoken of her confidence as a gay woman : Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus 1:36

The new Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh has spoken of her confidence as a gay woman and said the question of her sexuality never arose during the festival.(...)

Lay reader David Tough takes a picture of Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron and 2012 Rose of Tralee Nicola McEvoy after morning service at St. John’s Church, Tralee, Co Kerry, yesterday. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Mass doesn’t usually get a warm-up act, but I’m at “Mass with the Roses” in St John’s Church, Tralee. There are seven Roses here and it’s being aired (...)