Posts Tagged ‘Rose of Tralee’

Maria Walsh:
The Gay New Rose of Tralee

The annual Rose of Tralee festival concluded in August with the crowning of a winner, Maria Walsh. The stunning new Rose, a native of Boston, beat out 31 other Roses to win the title. The announcement of the winner coincided with a revelation that Walsh was gay. After her crowning, Walsh sat down with TheRead more..

Texas Rose Rounds Up the Votes

The winner of the 2013 Rose of Tralee International Festival is 25-year-old Dallas, Texas native Haley O’Sullivan. Teary-eyed and overjoyed, Haley, who beat 31 other contestants from around the world on August 20 said: “Everyone was so fabulous, I can’t believe this is happening.” An American Ireland Fund Young Leader, Haley is a 2010 graduateRead more..

U.S. Roses Bloom in Tralee

At the end of August, eight American contestants competed in the famous International Rose of Tralee pageant in Ireland. The eight American girls traveled to Ireland in order to represent their various cities and areas of the country and to compete for the coveted title of Rose of Tralee. Over 200,000 head to Tralee eachRead more..

News: Kilkenny Rose Wins in Tralee

Kilkenny Rose Orla O’Shea emerged as winner of the 46th International Rose of Tralee Festival. The 20-year-old teacher was voted ahead of 27 competitors hailing from Ireland, Europe, America and Australia to claim the silver crown. She dedicated her achievement to her mother who died four years ago from cancer. “She made me what IRead more..

War of the Rose

Elizabeth Kee addresses the controversy about her past. ℘℘℘ This year’s Rose of Tralee festival has been grabbing headlines over the controversy surrounding New York’s Rose Elizabeth Kee, who will compete in the festival at the end of August. Kee is a former star of the reality television show Temptation Island, in which she wasRead more..

Rose Festival Saved

The future of the Rose of Tralee Festival, which features girls of Irish ancestry from around the world competing for the festival crown, was in grave doubt at the end of 2003, when Siobhán Hanley, the event’s chief executive admitted that they needed to raise Euro250,000 to save the annual event. The Irish government refusedRead more..