Monday 19 November 2018

Daithi being spoon fed raw onions and 9 other stand out moments from the Rose of Tralee

Daithi in his umbrella hat
Daithi in his umbrella hat
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

It used to be harps and flutes, poetry and the 1, 2, 3, now it's limbo, raw onions and creepy presenter puppets. Here are the most memorable moments from the first night of the Rose of Tralee 2017...

Daithi in a blindfold with a peg on his nose being spoon fed raw onions

It all got a bit 50 Shades of Grey when Daithi was fitted in a golden tasselled blindfold and fed food. The heaps of raw onions and turnips prevented it from becoming too saucy.  


Reaction to the Hong Kong Rose's story of getting gifted a diamond by a random man.

The audience cutaways are reason enough to watch the Rose of Tralee but the gobsmacked expressions on all those Rose sister's faces were priceless.


The Escorts montage

Swimming, cutting turf, dressing up as Charlie Chaplin, running in their boxers in the surf, and winking suggestively at the camera. What a cavalier bunch!



Derek Ryan's surprise cameo

Super fan and Fermanagh Rose Stephanie Maguire was beside herself when Derek arrived on stage. Still managed to pull it together and jive away.  


Amanda Donohue

The San Francisco Rose spoke eloquently and elegantly about the Berkeley balcony tragedy that claimed the lives of her sister and cousin. And presented Daithi with a sketch of his late father.   


Daithi in a novelty umbrella hat cracking a whip

There were several surreal moments of the Rose of Tralee but watching Daithi O Se Whip-crack-away, whip-crack-away, whip-crack-away while wearing a novelty umbrella hat was perhaps the most bizarre.


Toronto Rose

Brilliant limbo dancing and also gave a scathing critique of Daithi's handshake technique. “Good but lingering”.


Donegal Rose kicking RTE camera man in the face

Ok, so it didn’t happen on live TV, but for those who did see it - it was brilliant.

RTÉ crew member kicked by a Rose in the face (to the tune of Seal's Kiss From A Rose) 


Mini Daithi

The Westmeath Rose's puppet modelled on Daithi O Se will haunt your dreams forever.


Peer pressure proposals and proud as punch mammies and daddies

Daithi really piled on the pressure for an impromptu proposal, watching long term boyfriends squirm in their seats made for wonderfully cringe-y TV. The happy mama and dad was just TV gold.

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