Sunday 23 October 2016

'Holy sh**, this one is f***ing beautiful' - Dáithí Ó Sé on the first time he saw his future wife

Geraldine Gittens and Melanie Finn

Published 16/08/2016 | 12:57

Photo: Twitter/ @RoseofTralee
Photo: Twitter/ @RoseofTralee
Pictured (LtoR) Cork Denise Collin, Abu Dhabi Dearbhladh Walsh, Tyrone Genevieve Scullion, Kentucky Morgan Loy, Dublin Lorna Whyte, Perth Denise Quigley (Center) Current The Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan with Kate O Brien (7) from Co Tipperary (7) . Photo: Photocall Ireland

As the official countdown to the 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival began today, host Daithí O'Sé recalled the first time he set eyes on his wife Rita.

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RTE host Daithí Ó Sé met the 65 hopeful roses for the 57th Rose of Tralee launch today, with just 24 hours to go until the festival gets underway.

Daithís wife Rita competed in the 2008 Rose of Tralee as the New Jersey rose, and Daithí admitted today that the Rose of Tralee marks their anniversary.

“We met each other in 2008, Rita was the New Jersey rose that time.”

Rose of Tralee
Rose of Tralee
Down Rose - Fainche McCormack
Dubai Rose - Rebecca Garnett
Dublin Rose - Lorna Whyte
Mairead McHugh, Fermanagh Rose
Florida Rose - Sheena Kelly
Germany Rose - Kari Foss
Kentucky Rose - Morgan Loy
Kerry Rose - Danielle O'Sullivan
Kildare Rose - Meabhdh O'Sullivan
Galway Rose - Rosie Burke
Kilkenny Rose - Sarah Kearns
Laois Rose - Kate Hyland
London Rose - Emma Murphy O'Connor
Leitrim Rose - Annmarie Keegan
Limerick Rose - Marie Hennessy
Longford Rose - Caroline Doyle
Luxembourg Rose - Sile Reidy
Louth Rose - Megan Ferguson
Mayo Rose - Fionna McDarby
Meath Rose - Treasa Sheridan
Monaghan Rose - Pamela Allen
Melbourne Rose - Meghan Griffin
New Orleans Rose - Shannon Burke
New York Rose - Kristin Stack
Ohio Rose - Kathleen O' Donnell
Offaly Rose - Emma Kirwan
New Zealand Rose - Hannah Greally
Newcastle Rose - Aisling Murray
Toronto Rose Petra O'Toole
Scotland Rose - Blathnaid Loughran with necklace
Ottawa Rose - Sarah Griffin
Newfoundland & Labrador Rose - Anna Murphy
Tyrone Rose - Genevieve Scullion
iw North Carolina Rose - Maigan Kennedy
iw South Carolina Rose - Erin Morgan
South Australia Rose - Rochelle Melino
iw Waterford Rose - Jenny Walsh
Washington DC Rose - Sarah Olsen
Sligo Rose - Katie Higgins
Perth Rose - Denise Quigley
Southern California Rose - Clara Murphy
iw Westmeath Rose - Niamh Moriarty
Philadelphia Rose - Brigid Gallagher
Queensland Rose - Jess Logan
Boston & New England Rose - Grace Schiller.jpg
Wexford Rose - Sarah Mai Fitzpatrick
Roscommon Rose - Aisling McNeill
Western Canada Rose - Molly Fogarty
Sydney Rose - Brianna Parkins
Wicklow Rose - Jane Harrison
San Francisco Rose - Margaret Harkin
Yorkshire Rose - Anne-Marie O'Donnell
Abu Dhabi Rose - Dearbhladh Walsh
Arizona Rose Ciara Archer
Armagh Rose - Meabh Lenehan
Carlow Rose - Emma O'Byrne
iw Derry Rose - Eimear Cassidy
Cavan Rose - Lisa Reilly
Fiona O'Sullivan - Tipperary Rose
Chicago Rose - Maggie McEldowney
Clare Rose - Leah Kenny
iw Cork Rose - Denise Collins
Derby Rose - Kara Foley

“I can still remember she had a beautiful red dress on and I said holy [crap], this woman is f***ing beautiful looking.”

“We became friends after that. We were friends before we were lovers.

This will be Daithí’s seventh year to interview the roses over the two nights.

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. 

The 32 successful Roses will be announced on Sunday 21 August and will go on to appear in the televised interviews.

Live interviews will be broadcast from the festival dome in Kerry at 8pm on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 August. 

This year RTÉ will also broadcast a new preview show Road to the Dome, presented by Sinead Kennedy. The show will follow the 65 Roses from their arrival in Dublin all the way to the Dome. 

The Road to the Dome will be broadcast at 6.30pm on Monday 22 August on RTÉ One.

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