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Saturday 20 September 2014

Rose of Tralee 2014: Meet the Roses

Published 12/08/2014 | 15:59

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An All Ireland Camogie champion, a Riverdance star and a rapping auditor will all compete to be crowned The Rose of Tralee at the 55th annual pageant.

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Cork Rose Anna Geary is the Captain of Cork’s Senior Camogie team and will juggle training sessions with dress rehearsals.

“We're in the semi-final Saturday week so I have the trainers in the bag and will be making sure to get a few sneaky gym sessions in between practising my wave and my party piece,” she said.

Dublin Rose Roisin Lyons has toured the world with Riverdance, Heartbeat of Home and Lord of the Dance.

“It’s been great dancing around the world; I’ve always wanted to take part in the Rose of Tralee and can’t wait to do a jig on stage.”

The first ever Kentucky Rose, Claire Curran, is looking forward to the show after a shaky start. “It was a bit of an ordeal getting here as I got my appendix out the day before my flight but I’m right as rain now,” she said.

Presenter Daithi O’Se and the 32 hopeful Roses posed outside Dublin Airport yesterday ahead of the annual festival.

O Se admit feeling some pressure to top last year’s on stage proposal but is confident the contestants will win viewers over.

“The pressure is definitely on so we’ll have to up the game,” he said. “But the girls are up for a bit of craic and that always makes my life easier.”

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