Daithí Ó Sé’s screams on the night of one of The Rose of Tralee were louder than the cheers of the crowd as he was immersed in a freezing ice bath.
The presenter wowed the crowd by stripping off his velvet suit and revealing Kerry GAA shorts and socks in front of ice bath enthusiast, The Kildare Rose Ashleigh Byrne, convincing him to jump in the bin.
In its 61st year, there have been plenty of cool party tricks performed by the Roses over the years, but last night’s most exciting had to be The Florida Rose waving about a star-cutting lamp in War Star Wars and The Dublin Rose performs a science experiment.
Kangaroos and Australian flags filled the audience as the first contestant, Sydney Rose Mairéad ‘Maud’ Brennan, stepped onto the stage.
However, she said it was “sad and bittersweet” to stand there, as she would have loved her father seeing her represent the Irish people living Down-Under, but he was over. sadly died of cancer in 2013.
Speaking before the performance, she said the whole experience was emotional, but especially, tears welled up when she heard Donegal Rose Katie McAteer perform her poem about coming out of the pandemic.
“We had a rehearsal with Daithi and it was a bit weird, when I was on stage I started crying when Katie from Donegal was saying her poem,” she said.
“I go home first tonight, I feel great because then I will be able to relax. It’s crazy that after only five minutes on stage, I’m done, after all the preparation. “
Earlier in the day, Daithí joked that he had let go of his dignity and pride in 2010, which is when he started presenting the show, as it was his own idea when reciting. I was in freezing water on the show last night.
“Today is my own idea and I’m thinking why, why, why but I think it will be worth it, it will also be a little fun..and it’s a bit crazy and we always such . “
He said that the things that always happen during the two nights of live TV are what stands out to him the most.
“The flaws really stand out in my mind,” he said.
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“One night I was on stage with Rose and they brought out the birthday candles and started singing happy birthday so I said happy birthday and she said thank you and then…it wasn’t It’s her birthday.”
Ohio Rose, Sarah McInerney is the oldest rose ever at 30, as this year 30-year-olds, transgender and married women are allowed to apply.
Ms McInerney said she was initially unaware that this was her last year to apply, but said it was “beautiful” that it turned out that way.
She said: “It just happened like that, I wasn’t aware it was all going on but then I saw the age limit go up.
“I am so happy to be here and have the opportunity to do it, just cherry on top that it will be my last chance to go.
“It’s beautiful because I’m sharing a room with The Monaghan Rose, she’s 20 years old, she’s the youngest, and everyone is so nice.”
Her escort, Shane McHugh from Galway, was crowned Benetti Menswear Rose Escort of the Year last night.
“The whole experience, from my first day at Ashdown Park in April, until today, I have enjoyed every minute of it.” he say.
“We were promised a unique experience and it went beyond what was offered.”
The secret to Miss McInerney’s party was to show off her falconry skills, but there was only one thing missing – a bird.
Daithí told the Irish Independent: “We were going to catch an owl in the dome but we just said it was not fair.
“It wouldn’t be fair to bring an owl in here even though they’re trained to do what they do.”
Despite the expanded criteria this year, there aren’t any Married or Transgender Roses, and the festival has received some criticism for an all-white lineup.
Host Daithí said he believes there is more room for the festival to be more inclusive.
“Rose of Tralee is an open door, it’s a stage for everyone,” he said.
“There was an announcement that transgender women could enter the country, but I didn’t know that transgender women couldn’t.
“Maybe we can just sit down and say- who else should we invite to the party?
“I don’t know which committee will sit down to make that decision but it’s a happy place, a friendly place and a good place to stay.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/rose-of-tralee-daithi-rips-off-velvet-suit-to-reveal-kerry-gaa-shorts-before-ice-bath-plunge-41930122.html Rose of Tralee: Daithi rips off her velvet suit to reveal Kerry GAA shorts before taking a dip in an ice bath