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Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey shares a moment with her mother, Angela Ray, following the former’s stage interview with Dáithi Ó Sé. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

In the run-up to the Rose of Tralee, Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey (24) was noteworthy as the first mother to make it to the live final. Ms Lacey, fr(...)

A delighted Jennifer Byrne is crowned as the 2017 Rose of Tralee onstage in the Rose of Tralee International Festival Dome. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

Offaly Rose Jennifer Byrne was crowned the 2017 Rose of Tralee on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old from Clonaderig works as a junior doctor in the acc(...)

Newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney, the Chicago Rose, in the rose garden at Tralee Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The 2016 Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney has said the festival is apolitical and not the place to air political views. Ms McEldowney (27), the Chic(...)

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins wrote in The Irish Times at the weekend that the Rose of Tralee is like a “Kate Middleton impersonation competition”. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

RTÉ says it regrets its documentary on the Rose of Tralee International Festival caused upset to some contestants and will review the process for next(...)

Down Rose Fainche McCormack.

Down Rose Fainche McCormack has said she and the other Roses were “treated like animals in a circus” in the selection process for the live final of th(...)

Newly crowned Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney, the Chicago Rose,  in the rose garden at Tralee Town Park, Tralee, Co Kerry. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

The reality of what it means to be the Rose of Tralee only dawned on Maggie McEldowney when she saw the morning newspapers. Almost without exception (...)

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins: called for the repeal of the Eighth amendment to the Constitution on abortion.

Rose of Tralee chief executive Anthony O’Gara has said he disagrees with the stance taken by the chair of the judging panel that there is no place for(...)

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 (...)

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