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Introducing: the 32 contestants in this year’s Rose of Tralee

Which of these 10 Irish and 22 international entrants are ‘lovely and fair’ enough to become the 53rd Rose of Tralee?
Aug 22nd 2011, 7:29 PM 26,972 40

LIKE IT OR loathe it, it’s that time of year again – time for televisions across the country to be tuned into events at a (sometimes quite literally) rocking Festival Dome in Tralee, Co Kerry.

For some it’s something to be derided – an emblem of an Ireland that has long since passed – but for many the Rose of Tralee is the very archetype of classic Ireland: a beauty pageant that actually isn’t a beauty pageant at all.

This year there are 32 entrants – 10 representing Irish areas, 22 coming from overseas – all vying to follow in a long line and become the 53rd International Rose of Tralee.

So, eyes down – because regardless of whether the Rose of Tralee is your idea of a fun evening in front of the telly, you’re going to have to get used to seeing the following 32 faces for a couple of days:

Photographs courtesy of the Rose of Tralee festival.

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