Saturday 21 September 2019

Rose of Tralee 2019: From weightlifting to dog training... and one Rose gets a tattoo from Daithí

Organisers lift ban on verse as festival marks another major milestone

Arizona Rose Kayla Gary gets Dáithí O’Sé to give her a tattoo at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2019.
Arizona Rose Kayla Gary gets Dáithí O’Sé to give her a tattoo at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Dublin Rose Laura Vines on stage with her dog Penny

Sorcha O'Connor in Tralee

Things got a bit more 'Guns and Roses' than 'Rose of Tralee' in the Dome last night.

Arizona Rose Kayla Gray bravely allowed host Dáithí Ó Sé to give her a tattoo - with a little help from tattoo artist Emma Brosnan.

During the Nine O'Clock News he tattooed her arm with a commemorative rose to mark the 60th year of the event - definitely a first for the festival.

That may have blown all other party pieces out of the water but there was still plenty to entertain on stage, from weightlifting to guitar playing and dog training.

South Australia Rose Simone Hendrick Buchanan chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2019.
South Australia Rose Simone Hendrick Buchanan chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Arizona Rose Kayla Gary gets Dáithí O’Sé to give her a tattoo at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Arizona Rose Kayla Gary gets Dáithí O’Sé to give her a tattoo at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Arizona Rose Kayla Gary gets Dáithí O’Sé to give her a tattoo at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Laois Rose Sarah Bergin gives Dáithí O’Sé a Golf Demonstration at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Kildare Rose Emer Fogarty sings ‘The Parting Glass’ at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Kilkenny Rose Clodagh Cassin gives Dáithí O’Sé a Hockey Demonstration at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
South Australia Rose Simone Hendrick Buchanan sings ‘Mo Ghile Mear’ at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Cork Rose Stephanie McCarthy’s Dad chatting with James Patrice at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
New York Rose Elena Evangelou taking an ‘Ouzo Shots Challenge’ with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
New York Rose Elena Evangelou with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Kilkenny Rose Clodagh Cassin gives Dáithí O’Sé a Hockey Demonstration at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Boston and New England Rose Tanya Stanley performing Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Cork Rose Stephanie McCarthy chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Washington D.C. Rose Molly Eastman chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Melbourne Rose Jordan Balfry chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Longford Rose Marie Brady at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Longford Rose Marie Brady performing Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Dublin Rose Laura Vines teaches her dog Penny some tricks at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Dublin Rose Laura Vines at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Dublin Rose Laura Vines teaches her dog Penny some tricks at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Western Canada Rose Sarah O’Shea chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Arizona Rose Kayla Gary at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Arizona Rose Kayla Gary puts Dáithí O’Sé in a giant bubble at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Sydney Rose Rebecca Mazza chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Abu Dhabi Rose Karen Cashman performing Imelda May’s ‘Kentish Town Waltz’ at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
The Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Dáithí O’Sé compere’s the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Dáithí O’Sé compere’s the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Abu Dhabi Rose Karen Cashman performing Imelda May’s ‘Kentish Town Waltz’ at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
The Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Mayo Rose Nicole Loughlin chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Abu Dhabi Rose Karen Cashman chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
The Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.

Laura Vines, the Dublin Rose, might be used to working with wild animals but she thankfully didn't bring her work with her when she walked out on stage. Instead, she was accompanied by Penny her rescue dog, who helped her demonstrate how to train your four-legged friend.

Penny even managed to give Dáithí a high five - but that didn't stop the Kerryman whipping out a Dublin jersey and pretending to mop up Penny's mess.

Jamie Flannery from Dingle is Escort of the Year. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Jamie Flannery from Dingle is Escort of the Year. Picture: Steve Humphreys

There was even a poem as the ban on verse introduced in 2016 was lifted, with Washington DC Rose Molly Eastman reciting a verse penned by her Irish great-grandfather.

"He was from Kilfree in Co Sligo and this was written during the early 1900s, when a lot of Irish families were leaving Ireland due to the economy and they were going to America to seek better fortune," said the 25-year-old.

Kilkenny Rose Clodagh Cassin gives Dáithí O’Sé a Hockey Demonstration at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2019.
Kilkenny Rose Clodagh Cassin gives Dáithí O’Sé a Hockey Demonstration at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.

"He was often the one who would drive families on a horse and cart from Sligo to Kilfree Junction - which was the furthest train stop in the west - so these families could get to Dublin to take the ship to America.

"He wrote this poem, 'My Charming Sweet Kilfree', in the perspective of the families who were leaving Ireland - it is kind of bittersweet."

Laois Rose Sarah Bergin gives Dáithí O’Sé a Golf Demonstration at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2019.
Laois Rose Sarah Bergin gives Dáithí O’Sé a Golf Demonstration at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.

She works for a US senator in DC, and gave quite a diplomatic answer when it came to President Donald Trump. "I respect the office of the President, President Trump is my president. A lot of people have varied opinions," she said.

"It is reflective of the state of our society, good and bad."

Kilkenny Rose Clodagh Cassin gives Dáithí O’Sé a Hockey Demonstration at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2019.
Kilkenny Rose Clodagh Cassin gives Dáithí O’Sé a Hockey Demonstration at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.

READ MORE: Darragh McManus: Rose of Tralee haters are thorn in my side

Meanwhile, in true Rose of Tralee fashion, there were plenty of other high achievers in the mix.

South Australia Rose Simone Hendrick Buchanan sings ‘Mo Ghile Mear’ at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2019.
South Australia Rose Simone Hendrick Buchanan sings ‘Mo Ghile Mear’ at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.

Cork Rose Stephanie McCarthy is a neuroscientist and mum-of-two and told how she had to take the sash out of her daughter Kayla's school bag.

Mayo Rose Nicole Loughlin (22), a recent NUI Galway graduate, told how she spent a summer in a Malawi orphanage with her uncle, and now has started a campaign 'Let's Make it Happen' to build a school there.

New York Rose Elena Evangelou with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2019.
New York Rose Elena Evangelou with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.

There was some heavy lifting from Meath Rose Meghan Byrne. The primary school teacher wowed the crowd with her special talent - lifting 100kg live on stage.

And while Maura Higgins might have been flying the flag for Longford in 'Love Island', Marie Brady held her own as the Longford Rose.

She performed a pitch-perfect rendition of Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' on guitar.

Cork Rose Stephanie McCarthy chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2019.
Cork Rose Stephanie McCarthy chatting with Dáithí O’Sé at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.
Longford Rose Marie Brady performing Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2019.
Longford Rose Marie Brady performing Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.

The Germany Rose, Beatrice Beiderwieden, shed a tear when her granny Lola appeared on video to wish her the best of luck in the competition.

It was a special 26th birthday for one escort too as Dingle man Jamie Flannery was chosen as Rose Escort of the Year.

Melbourne Rose Jordan Balfry put paid to any talk of just being a "lovely girl" - she works in a maximum security all-men's prison.

Dublin Rose Laura Vines teaches her dog Penny some tricks at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Pic Steve Humphreys
26th August 2019.
Dublin Rose Laura Vines teaches her dog Penny some tricks at the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Pic Steve Humphreys 26th August 2019.

She is a forensic mental health occupational therapist there, which she admits can be challenging.

"I come home a bit more rocked than I like to," she told Dáithi. "Everyone has a story, everyone has a narrative," she said of the prisoners she helps.

The South Australian Rose was the first millennium baby to grace the stage of the Dome.

Simone Hendrick Buchanan (19), originally from Kerry, sang Mo Ghile Mear.

And waiting in the wings for the big show are 16 more Roses, who will take the stage today from 8pm on RTÉ One.

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