Karen still the bookies' favourite

But you're a girl... Kerry Rose Karen McGillycuddy didn't seem to get an entirely enthusiastic response when she asked for a kiss on the cheek from Paddy Lane (3) at Naoinre Aine Creche. Credit: Photo by Domnick Walsh
But you're a girl... Kerry Rose Karen McGillycuddy didn't seem to get an entirely enthusiastic response when she asked for a kiss on the cheek from Paddy Lane (3) at Naoinre Aine Creche. Credit: Photo by Domnick Walsh

SIMON BROUDER sbrouder@kerryman.ie

WITH less than 24 hours to go before the 2009 Rose of Tralee is crowned the bookies favourite remains Kerry's own Rose Karen McGillycuddy. With the contestants for the title whittled down from 50 to 32, Karen McGillycuddy has seen her Rose Of Tralee odds tumble from 7-2 to 5-2. She is now the red hot favourite to win this year's pageant. The 24 year old national school teacher would be only the second ever Kerry Rose to win the coveted tiara.

A spokesman for bookies William Hill said there's been "phenomenal" interest in Karen to win the competition, especially in the companies shop in Tralee.

The Kilkenny Rose has also attracted a lot of support in William Hill offices.

Stephanie O'Dwyer was initially given a quote of 10-1, but strong support for the Kilkenny woman has resulted in her odds tumbling to 9-2 second favourite.

Other girls that have been well backed include Charmaine Kenny the London Rose whose odds fell from 121 to 6-1, Rose McDonnell the Perth Rose who went from 50-1 to 7-1, Melodie O'Neill the France Rose whose dropped from 33-1 to 12-1, and Orna Middleton the Waterford Rose whose odds dipped from 16-1 to 12-1.

Meanwhile William Hill are also offering odds of 13-2 that Kerry win both the All Ireland Football Championships and the Rose Of Tralee this year.

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