Thursday 30 October 2014

Daithí O'Sé promises to prove cynics last year's Rose of Tralee proposal was not a stunt

Anita McSorley

Published 16/08/2014 | 13:39

Rose of Tralee presenter Dáithí Ó Sé has promised to prove to cynics that last years live surprise engagement was not a publicity stunt.

The 38-year-old Kerryman claimed that some cynics believed it was a set up and has pledged to bring the happy couple, who are now married, back on the show this year.

"We got a huge high last year when we had a proposal and she and her husband will be on the show again this year," he said.

"People thought it was a publicity stunt but they got married two or three months ago and they'll be on the show live at the Dome this year," he told Marian Finucane on RTE Radio 1 earlier.

During the show last year, Dáithí helped Kyle Catlett proposed to his girlfriend New Orleans Rose Molly Molloy Gambel.

After initially saying 'no' a total of 11 times onstage, the 24-year-old finally agreed and the couple are now married.

And Dáithí is no stranger to the romantic side of the Rose of Tralee himself.

It was during the show in 2008 that he first set eyes on New Jersey Rose Rita Talty, who became his wife in 2012.

The Rose of Tralee is one of the most-watched Irish TV shows every year.

Last year, an average of 668,000 viewers tuned in for the final show that  grabbed 49 per cent of the total audience share that evening.

Dáithí revealed that he thinks the popularity of the show is down to Irish people being 'nosey'.

"As a nation we're nosey and we want to be a part of it all. People watch for the dresses, the music and the craic," he said.

"This is our 55th year and it's been inside sitting rooms all over the country since then."

The famous festival is currently taking place in Tralee, but Dáithí admitted that he is to busy preparing for next weeks live TV shows to participate.

"There's a great sense of party around the town, the place is absolutely brilliant. The weather has been good as well.

"I kept away from the festival itself because I try to concentrate on the Monday and Tuesday television shows but it’s great to see everyone coming out and enjoying the festival.

"We have 32 Roses that come down here and they’re up for all the craic in the world."

The show, which is now in it's 55th year, will be televised live on RTE on Monday and Tuesday.

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