Sunday 19 November 2017

5 Most Memorable Rose of Tralee Moments

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Infamous in Ireland for the 'cringe' factor, the Rose of Tralee has had some very memorable moments over its half century plus run.

The most memorable moments of the competition are always going to include several 'cringe' ones, but we've rounded up the best moments in the show's history - and not exclusively embarrassing ones.

The festival takes a lot of slagging but is one of the most entrenched entities on Irish television and showing no fear of slowing down.

As Daithi O'Sé put it so eloquently - "love it or hate it, it's got a million viewers".

The Dublin Rose Hip Hop Dance

Half a million views on YouTube alone. Half a million!


THAT proposal

The whole "no, no, please God no" response made everyone dive under their couches in embarrassment but it all worked out in the end for the couple, whose wedding website reported in August 2014 that they'd been newlyweds for "82 days".

Unfortunately, this is what Molly Molloy Gambel (now Molly Molloy Catlett?) is remembereed for, when she should be remembered for making Daithi O'S dress up like this.

New Orleans Rose Molly Molloy Gambel with Presenter Daithi O Se wearing a Mardi Gras costume last night at the Rose of Tralee. Pic Steve Humphreys 19th AUgust 2013.



Fixing Allegations

Never without controversy, last year's Rose of Tralee was hit with fixing allegations after the winner's silverware, engraved with the name of the winner, was broadcast on live television - two days before the final.

Cutlery prize shows name O'Sullivan two days before being presented. Pic RTE

However, organisers said it was a "coincidence" that the silverware happened to be engraved with the name and crest of the Texas Rose, who won the event two days later, and everyone just sort of forgot about it.


The First Single Mother Enters

In 2011, a pretty big rule change meant that single mothers could enter for the first time, and the first woman to step up to the plate was Fiona Canavan, the mother of Realtin Canavan (7).

“This is my last opportunity to enter and it's something I'm inspired by,” Fiona said, hilariously adding “I think it's totally about personality and it's like the lovely ladies festival in Father Ted.”
Teacher Fiona grabs her chance for contest
Mum of seven-year-old who is bidding to be next Rose of Tralee


"Right, now, Daithi, you sit there and girls - you run at your shoes, which for some reason are on the ground and not on your feet"
"You know what hasn't been done before? A ZANY escalator shot!" - "Brilliant"
Shane Filan making an appearance for some reason
"Don't mind me, just happen to be sniffing some giant red flowers that aren't actually roses"
"It's the Lynx"
"Right, Daithi, give us a good jump there. Girls, hold your balloons high!" Photo credit: RTE/PA Wire
"Did I tell you I'm scared of heights? .... and rollarcoasters" Picture: Frank McGrath
"Oh my god, we're so fun!"
"Don't mind us, just hitching a lift"
Your eyes are not deceiving you, she is really in a wheelbarrow.
..... Who knows.
Ray D'Arcy was a fan of the Lynx too
"There's no swimsuit competition, girls, so get in there in your good dresses"
A rose... surrounded by roses.
The Roses come armed with an arsenal of saccharine anecdotes and a great gra for Ireland

Ronan O' Gara Becomes A Judge

In 2011, Ronan O' Gara - a self-confessed Rose of Tralee "addict" - accepted the invitation to be Newbridge Silverware's representative on the judging panel.

ROG was "honoured to perform this very important role", saying, "My wife slags me a lot about it but I'd be glued to the Rose of Tralee every year."

"I'm a traditionalist. Some people think it's cheesy or whatever. I'd be very proud of being Irish and it's nice to see the amusement and the enjoyment so many families get out of the whole programme."
O’Gara with current Rose of Tralee Clare Kambamettu yesterday as it was revealed he will be a judge at this year's festival. PHOTOCALL
Rugby hero sidesteps the jibes to join Rose of Tralee team


We have to give an honourable mention to the yearly Rose of Tralee photo shoots. While they might not be hugely memorable, they're pretty hilarious.

Rose of Tralee Presenter Daithi ? S? who will prsent the 56th International Festival is pictured along with some of the Roses at RTE in Donnybrook during a press briefing. Pic Steve Humphreys

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