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Roses of Tralee

THE FIRST TV signal I got in rented accommodation deep in the valleys of Tipperary came from Tralee where Ray d'Arcy hosted the Rose of Tralee competition. Although I've lived in Ireland for 10 years, I have not watched more than an hour of this traditional Irish event. Not knowing what to make of the current edition, I turned to United Irelander who explained, "it's a great traditional show and, if nothing else, it gives all those lovely girls a break from making the tea".

Right so.

United Irelander -- "Top ten Tuesday: Roses of Tralee"