Westmeath Rose and Rosemount native, Rachel Duffy, is currently embracing her Rose of Tralee experience as she tours the country with her fellow participants prior to the official start of the prestigious international in the County Kerry town this weekend.
On Tuesday afternoon, she gathered with her fellow ‘Roses’ on Sandymount beach to launch the renowned Festival with television host, Dáithí Ó Sé.
For the first time since 2019, the iconic festival will return to television screens on Monday, August 22. This year will mark Dáithí’s eleventh year presenting the show and he and the 2022 International Roses were in celebratory form today at Sandymount Beach, Dublin before their journey to Tralee.
The Rose of Tralee International Festival will also celebrate its sixty-first year and interviews with the 33 international Roses will be broadcast live from the Kerry Sports Academy in Tralee, for the very first time, at 8pm on Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23 on RTÉ One.
Speaking at the launch event, Dáithí Ó Sé stated that he was greatly anticipating the return of the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
I think we all really missed it. I do feel like it’s another sign of things getting back to normal. I am looking forward to meeting the incredible 33 International Roses. “I also cannot wait to go back to Tralee to see everyone take to the streets on Saturday night and presenting the shows on Monday and Tuesday where we will have a few surprises up our sleeves as well when it comes to the party pieces,” the tv presenter commented.