Rose of Tralee 2009

Here come the girls… and in this year’s Rose of Tralee there’s 50 of the lovely ladies.

The Rose of Tralee is celebrating its 50th birthday and this year 50 girls will be in the competition to mark the occasion. The festival runs from 21st to the 26th August and starts with the International Rose Ball, parades and musical entertainment, and the final itself takes place on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

The contestants are judged on their overall personality and suitability as ambassadors, and the festival is a celebration of the “aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage” of modern young women. The event is very diasporic with Rose Centres around the world, and anyone can enter if they are Irish descent. Alice O’Sullivan won the rose in 1959 but its origins go back to the early 1800s and the story of Mary O’Connor.

The Rose of Tralee is distinctly Irish and unique in its style. You would’nt be thinking about it much during the year but it’s great fun when it happens. Wishing all the best of luck (especially Amy from Cork, ah well just a bit biased!) and sure it’ll be a great night to remember!

If you fancy a bit of a singalong – the Rose of Tralee

On the night update!
Well would you adam and eve it, London half inched it! – a big congratulations to our new Rose, Charmaine Kenny. Nice one!

Rose of Tralee, London - Charmaine Kenny

London - Charmaine Kenny

And here’s the rest of this years lovely line-up…

Rose of Tralee, Arizona - Alexis Hodel

Arizona - Alexis Hodel

Rose of Tralee, Armagh - Lisa McClelland

Armagh - Lisa McClelland

Rose of Tralee, Birmingham - Anna Mullins

Birmingham - Anna Mullins

Rose of Tralee, Boston - Meaghan Murphy

Boston - Meaghan Murphy

Rose of Tralee, Cavan - Tara Cunningham

Cavan - Tara Cunningham

Rose of Tralee, Channel Islands - Leanne Tunney

Channel Islands - Leanne Tunney

Rose of Tralee, Chicago - Deirdre McNulty

Chicago - Deirdre McNulty

Rose of Tralee, Coventry - Una Casey

Coventry Rose - Una Casey

Rose of Tralee, Darwin - Anne McNamee

Darwin - Anne McNamee

Rose of Tralee, Derby - Cathrina McGuinness

Derby - Cathrina McGuinness

Rose of Tralee, Dubai - Clodagh Fleming

Dubai - Clodagh Fleming

Rose of Tralee, Dublin - Susan Roe

Dublin Rose - Susan Roe

Rose of Tralee, Edmonton - Katherine Quirke

Edmonton - Katherine Quirke

Rose of Tralee, Florida - Kersten Rowley

Florida - Kersten Rowley

Rose of Tralee, France - Melodie ONeill

France - Melodie ONeill

Rose of Tralee, Georgia - Sinead Lynch

Georgia - Sinead Lynch

Rose of Tralee, Germany - Jessica Kreuz

Germany - Jessica Kreuz

Rose of Tralee, Kerry - Karen McGillycuddy

Kerry - Karen McGillycuddy

Rose of Tralee, Kilkenny - Stephanie ODwyer

Kilkenny - Stephanie ODwyer

Rose of Tralee, Leicester-Hannah Oguz

Leicester-Hannah Oguz

Rose of Tralee, Liverpool - Maeve Gallagher

Liverpool - Maeve Gallagher

Rose of Tralee, Luxembourg - Siobhan OReilly

Luxembourg - Siobhan OReilly

Rose of Tralee, Manchester - Aideen Reilly

Manchester - Aideen Reilly

Rose of Tralee, Milton Keynes - Candy Murphy

Milton Keynes - Candy Murphy

Rose of Tralee, New Jersey - Genevieve O'Reilly

New Jersey - Genevieve O'Reilly

Rose of Tralee, New Orleans - Megan Busby

New Orleans - Megan Busby

Rose of Tralee, New York - Ashling Colton

New York - Ashling Colton

Rose of Tralee, New Zealand - Lisa Monaghan

New Zealand - Lisa Monaghan

Rose of Tralee, Newcastle - Nerice Logue

Newcastle - Nerice Logue

Rose of Tralee, Newfoundland - Lori O'Keeffe

Newfoundland - Lori O'Keeffe

Rose of Tralee, Ohio - Annie Dunn

Ohio Rose - Annie Dunn

Rose of Tralee, Ottawa - Sarah Thorenton

Ottawa - Sarah Thorenton

Rose of Tralee, Perth - Rose McDonnell

Perth - Rose McDonnell

Rose of Tralee, Philadelphia - Jocelyn McGillian

Philadelphia - Jocelyn McGillian

Rose of Tralee, Queensland - Kelly O'Shea.

Queensland - Kelly O'Shea.

Rose of Tralee, S Australia - Lisa Dunne

S Australia - Lisa Dunne

Rose of Tralee, S California - Brittany Kelly

S California - Brittany Kelly

Rose of Tralee, San Francisco - Emer Cunningham

San Francisco - Emer Cunningham

Rose of Tralee, Sandwell - Helen McMenamin

Sandwell - Helen McMenamin

Rose of Tralee, Sligo - Sinead McGill

Sligo Rose - Sinead McGill

Rose of Tralee, Sunderland - Regina O'Hara

Sunderland - Regina O'Hara

Rose of Tralee, Sydney - Romy Farelly

Sydney - Romy Farelly

Rose of Tralee, Texas - Leslie McDonough

Texas - Leslie McDonough

Rose of Tralee, Tipperary - Denise Shouldice

Tipperary - Denise Shouldice

Rose of Tralee, Toronto - Sarah Sullivan

Toronto - Sarah Sullivan

Rose of Tralee, Washington DC - Tara Maguire

Washington DC - Tara Maguire

Rose of Tralee, Waterford - Orna Middleton

Waterford - Orna Middleton

Rose of Tralee, Yorkshire - Nicole Moriarty

Yorkshire - Nicole Moriarty

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Rose of Tralee 2009 — 30 Comments

  1. Karen McGillycuddy, Kerry. Apart from everything else I just love her hair!
    Beautiful, and naturally intelligent of course!

  2. they wanted to have 50 roses because of the 50th year and all that but some where here just for fun not the actual competition, mad i know

  3. The rose of tralee is a brilliant opportunity for all the girls involved- they get to represent their own community and celebrate all things irish.
    i really am soo confused though cos why are there 50 roses and then only 32 get to go on t.v??
    does anyone know how and why they narrow it down? is it like a process of elimination?

  4. Thought that the chairman of the board in his speech could have thanked and praised Ray Darcy –no fan of his –but thought twas bad form!

  5. There were only 32 interviewed on tv as that is all RTE have air -time for. The new centres had their regional finals in tralee so that all the girls could travel to and experience tralee, but only 32 could actually be part of it. Does this make sense? Even the ROT organisers couldn't explain it when I asked them several times! So essentially, instead of having regional finals before hand and not exp Tralee at all, the regional finals were held in Tralee in the lead up to the normal International rose.

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for that, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion about the 50/32 thing but your explanation clears things up. I guess what really counts is whether the 18 who did'nt make it to the televised part still enjoyed the experience – which hopefully they did anyway.

      Overall i'd say it was a success and there's always a few crinkles in any large event to learn from. To the annual critics i'd say look at the bigger picture – the festival works for Ireland, the people who take part enjoy themselves, there's a global fondness for it, and it increasingly draws a bigger audience. Where's the problem?

    • Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for that, there seems to be quite a bit of confusion about the 50/32 thing but your explanation clears things up. I guess what really counts is whether the 18 who did'nt make it to the televised part still enjoyed the experience – which hopefully they did anyway.

      Overall i think it was a success and there's always a few crinkles in any large event to learn from. To the annual critics i'd say look at the bigger picture – the festival works for Ireland, the people who take part enjoy themselves, there's a global fondness for it, and it increasingly draws a bigger audience. Where's the problem?

  6. omg wot is WRONG with the judges..are they luners……karen that kerry rose shuld have won. she totally stood out from the crowd so natural and graceful. i dnt think therl ever be a kerry rose of tralee if she didn get it this year. fantastic show tho..no poem in sight thank god!! u have to give it to them..they do organise a great festival. well done:)

  7. Karen was amazing on stage..she sang beautiful, full sure she was going to win…have been watching the Rose of Tralee since was a wee girl and she is the first Rose I'd take my hat off to..if Karen didn't win this year…no Kerry rose will ever win..its diffently politics in the rose of tralee

  8. Stand out for me was Sydney. She was down to earth, natural and funnier than Ray Darcy. The London girl seemed a bit snobby?? Maybe Im wrong but she didn’t come across as genuine on tv.

  9. hi Annette,

    just a quick response for now (away at moment) – some if the info is available on the official Rose of Tralee website – if you click on the 'this years lovely line-up' link above, and then click on the photos you'll get some of what you're looking for there.

    All the best,

    Mick.

  10. You know why Kerry Rose Karen McGillycuddy didn't win?
    If the judges chose her, everybody would think "Oh! Of course she won! She's from Kerry! They'd have to let her win!"
    Now, I have London Rose Charmaine Kenny on my milk carton…

  11. Having watched the Rose of Tralee this year..I can see why the London Rose (Clare) was a dead set Winner..but Karen McGillycuddy should have won last year as she clearly stood out from the rest…

  12. You are right if Karen didn't win, then there will never be another Kerry winner. Good accent (not very Kerryish), beautiful graceful elegant.. Good Luck to the new Kerry Rose Sile from Dingle. Having the Gaeilge is her advantage and Daithi used to teach her at school..you never know!!

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