Family comes first for D'Arcy as he quits Rose
BROADCASTER Ray D'Arcy has quit his role as host of the Rose of Tralee after five years at the helm, writes Michael McHale.
The Kildare man announced his decision to step down from the post yesterday, citing changing personal circumstances as his main reason for leaving.
"I really enjoyed my time hosting the Rose of Tralee, I met some wonderful people in Kerry," he said.
"My circumstances have now changed, however, and any time off is very precious. It's a two-week holiday with my family or presenting the show, and my family has to be my priority."
During Mr D'Arcy's time in charge of the famous contest, viewership figures have remained strong, with an average audience of 776,700 tuning in every August.
But the search has begun for the person to fill Mr D'Arcy's shoes. Bookmaker Paddy Power has installed RTE's Aidan Power as the favourite, at 3/1. Other contenders include Craig Doyle (4/1), former 'You're a Star' host Brian Ormond (6/1), Joe O'Shea (8/1) and Derek Mooney (12/1).