Major Gamble on Limerick Representative Before the Second Night of the Rose of Tralee
Popular Irish band Aslan closed the first night of the Rose of Tralee with an apt rendition of their smash hit ‘Crazy World’ after the Rose of Tralee Festival was lit up with exhibitions of weightlifting, tattooing and dog training. However, it was the last Rose to take the stage who caught the eye as Kildare Rose Emer Fogarty brought the house down with a heart-wrenching performance of ‘The Parting Glass’ in memory of her late father.
There was a standing ovation from the audience in the Dome but now punters are latching on to the chances of her bringing the winner’s sashback to Kildare for the first time after she closed into 4/1 second favourite from 8/1 with Boylesports. That gives Limerick a major chance of delivering this year’s winner, as their representative Sinéad Flanagan, a junior doctor, was the subject of a significant move in the betting as she jumped up to even money favourite from 20/1 on the eve of her TV appearance.
Lawrence Lyons, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “Emer Fogarty’s performance went down extremely well with punters and it looks like she has given Kildare a lively chance. But Limerick’s Sinéad Flanagan will grace the stage later with the burden of being favourite after she was heavily backed into evens from 20/1 to be crowned the winner.”
Rose of Tralee 2019 Latest BoyleSports Odds
- EVS Limerick Rose – Sinead Flanagan
- 4/1 Kildare Rose – Emer Fogarty
- 9/1 Kerry Rose – Sally-Anne Leahy
- 10/1 Melbourne Rose – Jordan Balfry
- 12/1 Donegal Rose – Chloe Kennedy
- 16/1 London Rose – Laura Kennedy
- 16/1 Mayo Rose – Nicole Loughlin
- 20/1 Chicago Rose – Shana Pembroke
- 20/1 Washington Rose – Molly Eastman
- 25/1 Dublin Rose – Laura Vines
- 25/1 Cork Rose – Stephanie McCarthy
- 28/1 Clare Rose – Victoria O’Connell
- 33/1 Sydney Rose – Rebecca Mazza
- 33/1 Longford Rose – Marie Brady
- 33/1 Abu Dhabi Rose – Karen Cashman
- 40/1 Antrim Rose – Orlagh McClinton
- 50/1 Meath Rose – Meghan Byrne
- 50/1 New York Rose – Elena Evangelou
- 66/1 Kilkenny Rose – Clodagh Cassin
- 66/1 South Australia Rose – Simone Hendrick Buchanan
- 66/1 Galway Rose – Orla McDaid
- 80/1 Boston & New England Rose – Tanya Stanley
- 80/1 New Zealand Rose – Sinead Rose Stayton
- 80/1 Ohio Rose – Danielle Goebel
- 80/1 San Francisco Rose – Brooklynn Quinn
- 100/1 Ottawa Rose – Kathleen Zuk
- 100/1 Western Canada Rose – Sarah O’Shea
- 100/1 South Carolina Rose – Cat McWhirter
- 150/1 Wexford Rose – Emma Byrne
- 150/1 Germany Rose – Beatrice Beiderwieden
- 150/1 Laois Rose – Sarah Bergin
- 150/1 Arizona Rose – Kayla Gray
Rose in Full Bloom
To take part in the annual televised contest, with the potential to become the coveted ‘Rose of Tralee’, applicants must be female and aged between 18 and 29. They must be unmarried or never married, born in Ireland, be an Irish citizen or of Irish origin by virtue of one of their ancestors having been born in the country.
The winner is the woman deemed best to match the attributes relayed in the song: “Lovely and Fair”. She is selected on the basis of personality and suitability to serve as an ambassador for both the festival and Ireland as a country. Officially, the festival classes itself as an observation and celebration of the “aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage” of modern women.
Last year’s winner was the Waterford Rose, 21-year-old Kirsten Mate Maher. Of Irish and Zambian heritage, Mate Maher was the first African-Irish rose to win the competition.