Saturday 24 February 2018

What does it take to win the Rose of Tralee?

Anita McSorley

If you're a brunette female student nurse in your mid-20's with an Irish sounding name then chances are you have what it takes to win the Rose of Tralee.

A survey released by Paddy Power revealed that there could be a pattern to picking the Rose of Tralee winner.

The bookmakers closely studied the winners over the course of the competition's 55-year history and put together some interesting statistics.

Irish people may be known for their ginger locks, but brunettes have the greatest chance of winning.

Ahead of next week's competition, they found that 76pc of previous winners had dark hair, while 15pc were blonde and just 9pc were ginger.

The findings also detected that students are the most popular contestants.

Young women studying nursing, teaching or other medical professions are most likely to win, with bank workers also being crowned in the past.

Understandably, Irish roses have the greatest chance of winning with 42pc of previous winners hailing from the emerald isle.

North Americans follow behind at 25pc, with British girls at 13pc, Australians at 11pc and Europeans at 9pc.

The average age of the winners over the past 10 years is exactly 24.5.

The findings conclude that those with an 'Irish-sounding name' are most likely to take the crown.

After breaking the names of the winners into five categories ranging from 'Not Irish at all really' to 'Full on Gaeilgeoir' and found a correlation between an Irish sounding name and victory.

Around 35pc of the winners had an Irish surname only and a further 42pc had both an Irish surname and first name which accounts for 77pc of all winners.

Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh is being tipped to win this years event at 4/1 to take the crown.

The Rose of Tralee will be televised live on RTE on Monday and Tuesday night.

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