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Daithi lands ex-hosts in icy water after bucket challenge

Published 19/08/2014 | 00:00

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Ryan Tubridy, Marty Whelan and Ray D'Arcy must be shaking in their boots after Daithi O Se landed them in icy water last night.

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True to his word, the Rose of Tralee host completed the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' set by his mother-in-law live on air after interviewing the first 18 of 32 Roses.

The Kerryman completed the latest social media craze in an effort to raise awareness about Motor Neurone Disease and nominated his three predecessors - all former Rose of Tralee hosts - to do the same.

Last year's proposal was always going to be a hard act to follow but O Se was up for the challenge - and the craic - once he got the approval of RTE and confirmation there would be no health and safety issues.

Scotland Rose Michelle Kelly with Daithi O Se at The Rose of Tralee International Festival at The Dome last night. Photo: Steve Humphreys

It wasn't his first encounter with ice last night - he also got a lesson in ice hockey, courtesy of Toronto Rose Katie Blundell.

A piece of festival history was made when Michelle Kelly (23), originally from Co Tyrone, became the first woman representing Scotland to make it to the live show and paid tribute to her adopted home in her choice of song, 'Caledonia'.

Abu Dhabi Rose Patrice McGillycuddy didn't have far to go when she was looking for advice.

Her sister Karen was the 2009 Kerry Rose and just told her younger sister to enjoy every minute.

"She rang me and said when you're on that stage enjoy it and take it all in because it will be over within the blink of an eye and you'll want to go back out there and do it all again," she said.

Second timer, Conor Walsh was named Escort of the Year. The linesman 
with ESB from Limerick 
said he had such a good time last year he just had to return.

"It's a completely different experience from last year but equally fantastic," said Conor who's escorting North Carolina's Nancy Boyce.

Tonight the remaining 14 contestants will be interviewed live at The Dome before the name of the 56th Rose of Tralee is revealed.

Irish Independent

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