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This Year’s Favourite to Win the Rose of Tralee Revealed – And She’s STUNNING!

Daithi O Se with Roses at the RTÉ Rose of Tralee launch at Rte Studios in Donnybrook Dublin before hitting the road to Tralee Picture Brian McEvoy No repro fee for on use The official countdown to the 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival began today when Dáithí Ó Sé caught up with the 65 hopeful Roses for the Rose of Tralee launch photocall in RTÉ. With just 24 hours until the extended festival gets underway Dáithí and the 2016 Roses took time out from their hectic schedules to attend the launch before they hit the road for Tralee. The festival celebrates 57 years this year and the selections will be broadcast live from the festival dome in Kerry at 8pm on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 August on RTÉ One with a break for the Nine O’Clock News. Dáithí, who returns to our screens for the seventh year running, will interview the 32 hopefuls across the two nights. The Rose of Tralee can also be watched live and on demand by audiences in Ireland and around the world on RTÉ Player (desktop, iOS and android apps) and RTÉ Player International. 2016 sees some changes to the festival. For the first time ever all 65 Roses who made it through the regional finals will travel to the festival dome in Tralee for the qualifying selections presented by Dáithí on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 August (These qualifying selections will not be televised). The 32 successful Roses will be announced on Sunday 21 August and will go on to appear in the televised selections on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 August all hoping to be crowned the 2016 Rose of Tralee. The 32 Roses will represent centres in Ireland, Britain, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, mainland Europe and the Middle East. This year RTÉ will also broadcast a brand-new preview show Road to the Dome. Presented by Sinead Kennedy the programme will follow the 65 Roses from their arrival in Dublin all the way to the Dome. From the glamour of the Rose Ball, to the drama of the qualifier night

Daithi O Se with Roses at the RTÉ Rose of Tralee launch at Rte Studios in Donnybrook Dublin before hitting the road to Tralee Picture Brian McEvoy

The gúnas have been ironed, the party pieces have been practiced and the Dome is ready to go!

It’s that time of the year again, when the little town of Tralee becomes the place to be if you’re looking of the craic in Ireland.

65 Roses have assembled from all over the world, and it’s almost time to pick a winner.

As always, this year the bookies have their favourite as to who they think should be crowned The Rose of Tralee 2016.

According to Paddy Power, the lady who’s currently in the lead to take the title is Kilkenny Rose, Sarah Kearns:


The 25-year-old worked as a Primary Teacher for three years in a DEIS school in Cork.

She’s now pursuing a Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology through UCD.

Growing up in Kilkenny, and a house full of boys, playing GAA/camogie was almost inevitable and she has collected two Leinster medals and one All-Ireland medal for Kilkenny. Her interests also include horse-riding, Irish-dancing, white collar boxing and badminton, in which she also represented Kilkenny.

She’s also a keen musician and has taught piano and theory of music to young children and also finds time to home-tutor children with special educational needs.

Sarah is currently the hot favourite with 7/2 odds in Paddy Power’s, but she’s followed closely behind by Galway Rose, Rosie Burke (6/1), and Cork Rose, Denise Collins (13/1).

Very best of luck to all the girls competing in Tralee this weekend from all of us here in RSVP!





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