Tuesday 17 January 2017

Can you help? A Canadian man is looking for footage of the 1980 Rose of Tralee for his grandmother

Published 29/09/2016 | 14:16

A Canadian man is looking for footage of the 1980 Rose of Tralee for his grandmother. Picture: Reddit.
A Canadian man is looking for footage of the 1980 Rose of Tralee for his grandmother. Picture: Reddit.
Jeanie McCarthy was the Peterborough Rose of 1980. Picture: Reddit.

A Canadian man, whose mother competed in the 1980 Rose of Tralee, is looking for footage of the event so that his 90-year-old grandmother can see her daughter on stage for the first time.

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Jeanie McCarthy was the Peterborough Rose and although her father went with her to the contest, he forgot to load the film in his camera, meaning there are few photos of the event.

Blayne, Jeanie’s son, posted to Reddit in the hope that someone would have a tape from the event that he could digitalise and show his grandmother.

“The Rose Finals night and other video feed of the festival that started in Dublin at the end of August to the first week in September must be out there somewhere,” he wrote.

Jeanie McCarthy was the Peterborough Rose of 1980. Picture: Reddit.
Jeanie McCarthy was the Peterborough Rose of 1980. Picture: Reddit.

“My mother recounted having a televised meeting with the Irish PM at the time and was in parades all over the place.”

He said that his mother contacted RTE and the BBC “years ago,” but had no luck.

“We're in Ontario, Canada so tracking down physical copies ourselves in Ireland isn't really possible,” he added.

“My grandmother is 90 this year, and my mother's birthday is coming up as well. I'd love if the Irish of Reddit could help bring some sunshine of a very happy memory to my mother, Jeanie McCarthy by tracking this down somehow.”

Reddit users have gathered together in an effort to find the footage, with some commenting that they have contacted both RTE and the Rose of Tralee office.

Do you know anyone who may have footage of the event? Respond to Blayne’s post here.

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