Rose of Tralee is ready for take-off
An All-Ireland camogie champion, a Riverdance star and a rapping tax clerk will all take to the Dome stage on August 18 and 19 for the 55th annual Rose of Tralee.
Presenter Daithi O Se and the 32 hopeful Roses launched the festival at Dublin Airport yesterday.
Cork Rose Anna Geary is the captain of Cork's senior camogie team and will play in the All-Ireland semi-finals two days before competition.
"I will be getting a few sneaky gym sessions in between practising my wave," she said.
Dublin Rose Roisin Lyons has toured with Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.
The first-ever Kentucky Rose, Claire Curran, said, "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. I'm looking forward to performing a comedy poem or rap - courtesy laughs will be appreciated."