5 Most Memorable Rose of Tralee Moments
Published 14/08/2014 | 14:49
Infamous in Ireland for the 'cringe' factor, the Rose of Tralee has had some very memorable moments over its half century plus run.
The most memorable moments of the competition are always going to include several 'cringe' ones, but we've rounded up the best moments in the show's history - and not exclusively embarrassing ones.
The festival takes a lot of slagging but is one of the most entrenched entities on Irish television and showing no fear of slowing down.
As Daithi O'Sé put it so eloquently - "love it or hate it, it's got a million viewers".
The Dublin Rose Hip Hop Dance
Half a million views on YouTube alone. Half a million!
The whole "no, no, please God no" response made everyone dive under their couches in embarrassment but it all worked out in the end for the couple, whose wedding website reported in August 2014 that they'd been newlyweds for "82 days".
Unfortunately, this is what Molly Molloy Gambel (now Molly Molloy Catlett?) is remembereed for, when she should be remembered for making Daithi O'S dress up like this.
Never without controversy, last year's Rose of Tralee was hit with fixing allegations after the winner's silverware, engraved with the name of the winner, was broadcast on live television - two days before the final.
However, organisers said it was a "coincidence" that the silverware happened to be engraved with the name and crest of the Texas Rose, who won the event two days later, and everyone just sort of forgot about it.
The First Single Mother Enters
In 2011, a pretty big rule change meant that single mothers could enter for the first time, and the first woman to step up to the plate was Fiona Canavan, the mother of Realtin Canavan (7).
“This is my last opportunity to enter and it's something I'm inspired by,” Fiona said, hilariously adding “I think it's totally about personality and it's like the lovely ladies festival in Father Ted.”
Ronan O' Gara Becomes A Judge
In 2011, Ronan O' Gara - a self-confessed Rose of Tralee "addict" - accepted the invitation to be Newbridge Silverware's representative on the judging panel.
ROG was "honoured to perform this very important role", saying, "My wife slags me a lot about it but I'd be glued to the Rose of Tralee every year."
"I'm a traditionalist. Some people think it's cheesy or whatever. I'd be very proud of being Irish and it's nice to see the amusement and the enjoyment so many families get out of the whole programme."
We have to give an honourable mention to the yearly Rose of Tralee photo shoots. While they might not be hugely memorable, they're pretty hilarious.
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