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5 Most Memorable Rose of Tralee Moments

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.

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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.

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.

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.

 

 

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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.

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

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

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.

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Captain Daithi O Se minds the  Roses' shoes at Dublin Airport at the launch of the Rose of Tralee Festival

Captain Daithi O Se minds the Roses' shoes at Dublin Airport at the launch of the Rose of Tralee Festival

New Orleans Rose Molly  Molloy Gambel with pop star Shane Filan

New Orleans Rose Molly Molloy Gambel with pop star Shane Filan

Rose of Tralee 2011, Tara Talbot, in the Rose garden at the Town park last Wednesday.

Rose of Tralee 2011, Tara Talbot, in the Rose garden at the Town park last Wednesday.

The Rose of Tralee with Daithi O Se - but the town has taken a battering from the recession

The Rose of Tralee with Daithi O Se - but the town has taken a battering from the recession

Handout photo issued by RTE of Rose of Tralee host Daithi O Se with the 32 Irish and International Roses contestants during a photocall at RTE Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 14, 2012. The countdown to the 2012 International Festival has begun as the roses presented Daithi O Se with 32 red balloons, to celebrate his 32nd day of marriage to Rita Talty, with each balloon symbolising a special wish for the newly married couple. Photo credit should read: RTE/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Handout photo issued by RTE of Rose of Tralee host Daithi O Se with the 32 Irish and International Roses contestants during a photocall at RTE Donnybrook, Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 14, 2012. The countdown to the 2012 International Festival has begun as the roses presented Daithi O Se with 32 red balloons, to celebrate his 32nd day of marriage to Rita Talty, with each balloon symbolising a special wish for the newly married couple. Photo credit should read: RTE/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

On top of the world: new Rose of Tralee Orla Tobin looks out from Ferris wheel during a photoshoot yesterday. Picture: Frank McGrath

On top of the world: new Rose of Tralee Orla Tobin looks out from Ferris wheel during a photoshoot yesterday. Picture: Frank McGrath

Rev Robert Warren, the Rector of Tralee, enjoys a knees-up with Roses (l-r) Sarah Partridge (Perth), overall winner Aoife
Kelly (Tipperary), Roisin Mulligan (Texas), Leah Boyer (New Orleans) , Belinda Brown (London) and Karol-Ann Keenan (Louth) during the 2008 festival

Rev Robert Warren, the Rector of Tralee, enjoys a knees-up with Roses (l-r) Sarah Partridge (Perth), overall winner Aoife Kelly (Tipperary), Roisin Mulligan (Texas), Leah Boyer (New Orleans) , Belinda Brown (London) and Karol-Ann Keenan (Louth) during the 2008 festival

(L-R) Aoife Kelly, Tipperary, Rose of Tralee 2008; Denise Murphy, Cork, Rose of Tralee 1991; Orla O'Shea, Kilkenny, Rose of Tralee 2004; Orla Burke, Waterford, Rose of Tralee 1977; and Diane Hannagen, Limerick, Rose of Tralee 1984

(L-R) Aoife Kelly, Tipperary, Rose of Tralee 2008; Denise Murphy, Cork, Rose of Tralee 1991; Orla O'Shea, Kilkenny, Rose of Tralee 2004; Orla Burke, Waterford, Rose of Tralee 1977; and Diane Hannagen, Limerick, Rose of Tralee 1984

Daithi O Se with Rose of Tralee Haley O’Sullivan at Castle Durrow, Co Laois, to launch the festival’s regional finals. Picture Domnick Walsh.

Daithi O Se with Rose of Tralee Haley O’Sullivan at Castle Durrow, Co Laois, to launch the festival’s regional finals. Picture Domnick Walsh.

Pictured here is Aoife Kelly, the 2008 Rose of Tralee with Snap the Camera who paid a surprise visit to Sligo during the week to help launch Imagebank locally. Imagebank, www.imagebank.ie, a new online interactive photo library, is a Department of...

Pictured here is Aoife Kelly, the 2008 Rose of Tralee with Snap the Camera who paid a surprise visit to Sligo during the week to help launch Imagebank locally. Imagebank, www.imagebank.ie, a new online interactive photo library, is a Department of...

Host Ray D'Arcy says the 31 contestants for the 2008 Rose of Tralee crown represent the modern face of Ireland

Host Ray D'Arcy says the 31 contestants for the 2008 Rose of Tralee crown represent the modern face of Ireland

Photographer Domnick Walsh takes a dip with the Roses Frances Rafferty (Belfast), Laura Mitchell (Cork), 2009 Rose of Tralee Charmaine Kenny, Veronica Hunt (Kerry), Lynda Kelly (Tipperary), and Niamh Sherlock (Dublin) to launch the Rose of Tralee... Credit: Photo by Eric Hanaton — Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

Photographer Domnick Walsh takes a dip with the Roses Frances Rafferty (Belfast), Laura Mitchell (Cork), 2009 Rose of Tralee Charmaine Kenny, Veronica Hunt (Kerry), Lynda Kelly (Tipperary), and Niamh Sherlock (Dublin) to launch the Rose of Tralee... Credit: Photo by Eric Hanaton — Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus

Rose of Tralee Charmaine Kenny. whole experience from becoming the London Rose through to the Rose Tour and the Rose of Tralee International Festival itself was amazing,' said Charmaine. If you would like a chance to enter the 2010 Wexford Rose...

Rose of Tralee Charmaine Kenny. whole experience from becoming the London Rose through to the Rose Tour and the Rose of Tralee International Festival itself was amazing,' said Charmaine. If you would like a chance to enter the 2010 Wexford Rose...

The Roses come armed with an arsenal of saccharine anecdotes and a great gra for Ireland

The Roses come armed with an arsenal of saccharine anecdotes and a great gra for Ireland

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Captain Daithi O Se minds the Roses' shoes at Dublin Airport at the launch of the Rose of Tralee Festival

 

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.”

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Teacher Fiona grabs her chance for contest

Teacher Fiona grabs her chance for contest

Teacher Fiona grabs her chance for contest

 

 

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."

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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

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

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

 

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.

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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

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

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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