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Daithi O’Se on why he'll be one of 'loneliest' people in Kerry during Rose of Tralee festival

Presenter Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys
21st August 2017
Presenter Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee Co Kerry. Pic Steve Humphreys 21st August 2017
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

ROSE of Tralee host Daithi O’Se has insisted he’ll be one of the loneliest men in Tralee when the festival kicks off in August.

The host and TV presenter said he spends so much time focusing on the logistics of the festival that he rarely gets time to enjoy it.

“A lot of people say you have to be down there to really experience it, unfortunately I don’t get to experience it all. I’m so focused on making sure all the boxes are ticked and everything is in order.

“I’ll probably be one of the loneliest fellas down there because after you’ve spent the day making sure all the boxes are ticked and everything is in order, you’re sat in the room watching movies,” he said.

The TV presenter said he was looking forward to spending some family time after the new Rose is crowned as the festival feels somewhat like an anniversary given that he met his wife Rita when she was a Rose.

“They come down for the last day or two and then again the hard work is done and Micheál is getting a bit older now so, he’ll be four in March.

Daithi and his wife, Rita. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Daithi and his wife, Rita. Photo: Gerry Mooney

"We have pictures of him every year on stage so that’s nice. Last year he thought it was very sparkly. I don’t know about this year, unless there’s a John Deere he might not be impressed,” he joked.

Current Rose of Tralee, Dr Jennifer Byrne said her year so far has been “absolutely phenomenal”.

She has already travelled to India with the Hope Foundation and had a reunion with over 100 Roses and escorts in Frankfurt to open the Christmas market.

She is now looking forward to going to Chernobyl in February to volunteer with the Adi Roche Foundation and then New York for the St Patrick’s day parade

“I can honestly say it has been the most spectacular life changing decision of my life and I have so many friends and just so many opportunities that I’ve never had before. It’s really been incredible and I couldn’t recommend it enough. I really would encourage all young people to do it because it is hard to put yourself forward and do it but i can honestly say it’s been extremely worthwhile and I enjoyed every second of it,” she said.

The trainee GP says she still gets some recognition from patients when doing her rounds but insisted she leaves the tiara at home when she’s on duty.

“Infection control stop me,” she joked.

“A good few patients recognise me and ask for selfies and things. I have a good bit of craic in the hospital as well,” she added.

2017 Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne meets children at a Hope crèche in a slum in Kolkata
2017 Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne meets children at a Hope crèche in a slum in Kolkata

Over 500 women will enter Rose of Tralee qualifying selections in Ireland while hundreds more will hope to represent Irish communities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Middle East, Europe, Hong Kong and New Zealand at the 2018 festival.

This year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival will take place from Friday 17th to Tuesday 21st August in Tralee.

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