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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(...)

The weather A lot of dry weather to come for the rest of the week and probably into next weekend though still a few drops of rain around. The b(...)

Maria Walsh, Rose of Tralee 2014: “The lads who sign up for this year’s festival will have the time of their lives. While there are responsibilities that come with the role, they will have great craic.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Maria Walsh, the Rose of Tralee, has put out a call to young men of Ireland interested in being a Rose escort for the festival from August 14th-18t(...)

A production still from Gareth Kennedy’s The Last Wooden House of Kupchino. Photograph: Ekaterina Sytnik

Invented Tradition – Gareth Kennedy Galway Arts Centre **** The editors of the book The Invention of Tradition, historians Eric Hobsbawm and Te(...)

The Late Late Toy Show was Ireland’s most watched programme last year with an  average audience of 1,594,000.

A programme about toys presented by a man wearing a silly jumper topped the list of Ireland’s most-watched programmes in 2014. The Late Late Toy Show (...)

Rose of Tralee: Maria Walsh after her victory. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Maria Walsh is still adjusting to the pace of being the Rose of Tralee. In the past four months she has visited impoverished children in Kolkata, help(...)

Slice of the Apple: U2 with Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, in California. Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

As is sometimes the way when Joe Duffy thinks listeners require some relief from accounts of societal chaos, Wednesday’s edition of Liveline (RTÉ R(...)

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh in The Irish Times office for podcast and interview. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There’s no rest for the Rose of Tralee. “I think I’m still on the Ferris wheel,” Maria Walsh (27), the 56th Rose of Tralee says. Her first media engag(...)

One of the hallmarks of a free society is that every citizen should be able to pursue whatever lifestyle choice he or she prefers, free from prejudice(...)

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(...)

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