Rose of Tralee: the joy is that no hint of modernity is allowed. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

The Rose of Tralee turns 60 this year. And hasn’t she weathered it well! Doesn’t she have the look of a woman half her age! Maybe this is the year one(...)

Brianna Parkins is not a fan of being serenaded by men with acoustic guitars.

When I tell a friend back home in Australia I am writing about dating apps, specifically Tinder, she ignores an easily Google-able time difference to (...)

Body & Soul Music and Arts Festival has announced the full stage times for its 10th Aniversary celebration of the summer solstice which kicks off (...)

Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher is crowned the 2018 International Rose of Tralee. Photograph:  Domnick Walsh

Every year I watch the Rose of Tralee I am left with that uncomfortable, disempowered feeling of disappointment. Disappointed that it hasn’t changed,(...)

Daithi O Se poses with the 2018 Rose of Tralee contestants at Kilmainham Hospital.  Photograph: Collins

Like “fierce mild weather” or “soft Brexit”, the idea of a “woke Rose of Tralee” – one attuned to issues of modern social justice – is a bit of an oxy(...)

Brianna Parkins as the Sydney Rose in 2016. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Journalist Brianna Parkins, the former Sydney Rose, has said that she would like to return to Ireland to help campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment (...)

Roses pictured on Banna Beach in Co Kerry during the festival:  Leitrim Erin Moran, Boston & New England Rose Orlaith Roche and Newfoundland & Labrador Rose Katie Hanlon Wadman. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus Ltd

As the ball was thrown in at yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final clash between Kerry and Mayo, crowds on Denny Street in Tralee quickly slipped off to (...)

Some of the Rose of Tralee 2016 entrants have a splash about at Ballybunion Beach in North Kerry last August. File photograph:  Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

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 comm(...)

Brianna Parkins at the Rose of Tralee festival: “Before I left for Ireland, last year’s Sydney Rose gave me a card that read ‘F**k the Begrudgers’. It now hangs above my desk.” Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Everyone has their coping mechanism. Some have exercise, some therapy. Mine is biscuits. Preferably supermarket-bought and preservative-filled. Every(...)

Hair and make-up: the roses of Tralee in the run-up to this week’s contest. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Before I go on stage at the Rose of Tralee my big worry is dancing the samba. My opinions about women’s reproductive rights, and by extension about t(...)

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