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It’s that time of the year again when, from Sydney to San Francisco and from Skibbereen to Skegness, the clarion call to connect the global Irish community via the unfettered use of waterproof mascara and slimming knickers rings out loud and clear.

Yep, participants in the Rose of Tralee International Festival 2017 are currently being sought, and if you too are an unmarried woman aged 18-28 with rusting antecedents in Leitrim, Loughshinny, Listowel or thereabouts, you too can apply. If you “really like helping others” and you once saved a blind dog from being run over by a Massey Ferguson when you were visiting your eczematous aunt in Bundoran, you may get through the first round. And if you have a degree in biochemistry, a passionate interest in world peace and/or clog dancing and you spend your downtime polishing your granny, you’re a shoo-in for round two.

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