Ice, ice maybe: Daithi considers taking on mum-in-law's challenge
Rose of Tralee host Daithi O Se is considering taking part in social media craze 'The Ice Bucket Challenge' live on air in a bid to boost ratings.
The challenge encourages individuals to dump a bucket of ice water over their head to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease. To date, celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have taken part.
O Se, who was nominated for the challenge by his mother-in-law, is willing to rise to it this evening if RTE crew can guarantee his safety.
"The mother-in-law has thrown me under the bus with this one," O Se told the Irish Independent.
"I'm seriously considering it but the crew are worried about the health and safety rules. At the end of the day I don't want to set myself on fire and die. But I think it could top last year's highlight - the on stage proposal," he said.
"I'm willing to do it if the crew can guarantee my safety."
Regardless of whether he completes the challenge, O Se is confident this evening's Rose of Tralee Selection Night will be compulsive viewing.
"The girls are up for the craic and that always makes my life easier. The party tricks are outstanding, there is everything to play for."
Cork Rose and All-Ireland Camogie champion Anna Geary is the bookies' favourite to win the 2014 festival. The Milford native will play in the All-Ireland Camogie semi-finals against Wexford on August 23.
Geary believes there are many similarities between the Rose of Tralee contest and the GAA. "It's about representing where you come from and being proud of your Irish heritage," she said.
Last night, the 32 Roses watched the annual Rose of Tralee Fashion Show.
Designer Don O'Neill, who has dressed Hollywood stars Oprah Winfrey and Annette Bening, showcased his THEIA Autumn/Winter 2014 collection.
"I remember watching the Rose of Tralee when I was a child," he said. "I used to see all these incredibly glamorous women walking around and I was mesmerised. Coming back home and being part of the show is a dream come true and a highlight of my year.
"This is the biggest fashion show in Ireland and every bit as glamorous as shows you would see in Paris and New York."
More than 1,600 guests crowded into the Festival Dome to see 24 models strut down the catwalk in a range of stand-out and sweeping dresses from 40 Irish boutiques. "It is manic and mad but magic," organiser Celia Holman Lee said. "The whole festival brings such energy to Tralee."