Monday 18 December 2017

Rose of Tralee is ready for take-off

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

An All-Ireland camogie champion, a Riverdance star and a rapping tax clerk will all take to the Dome stage on August 18 and 19 for the 55th annual Rose of Tralee.

Presenter Daithi O Se and the 32 hopeful Roses launched the festival at Dublin Airport yesterday.

Cork Rose Anna Geary is the captain of Cork's senior camogie team and will play in the All-Ireland semi-finals two days before competition.

"I will be getting a few sneaky gym sessions in between practising my wave," she said.

Dublin Rose Roisin Lyons has toured with Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

The first-ever Kentucky Rose, Claire Curran, said, "It was a bit of an ordeal getting here, as I got my appendix out the day before my flight but I'm right as rain now. I'm looking forward to performing a comedy poem or rap - courtesy laughs will be appreciated."

Irish Independent

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