Kingdom's Roses: the other contenders with Kerry ties
As is usually the case many of the Roses have connections to Kerry and this year is no exception.
While a number of the 2019 Roses have links to Kerry two have particularly close ties to the Kingdom.
Aside from the Kerry Rose the contender with the next closest link to Kerry is the South Australia Rose Simone Hendrick Buchanan.
Simone was born in Cork but she actually grew up in Dingle where she lived until her family moved to South Australia when she was 11.
"I grew up near Tralee meeting the Roses and I'm so excited to represent South Australia," said Simone.
Chicago Rose Shana Pembroke also has very close ties to Kerry as her father hails from Currow and she has been a regular visitor to Kerry, which she calls her second home, since her childhood.
"I am humbled and thrilled to be representing my hometown in my home-away-from-home in Kerry," she said.