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Dáithí Ó Sé looks genuinely terrified of this year's Roses

Run Dáithí, run.

IT’S AUGUST. IT’s Ireland. And we all know what that means…

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Yes – it’s the Rose of Tralee. Why else would a TV presenter be asked to stand in front of an international selection of Lovely Girls, decked out in their summer dresses?

The 56th Rose of Tralee will be broadcast from the Festival Dome in the Co Kerry town next Monday and Tuesday night from 8pm.

And once again, Dáithí O Sé will be on hand to ask the questions.

The 32 hopefuls (and Dáithí) were engaging in a spot of pre-festival publicity this morning. Or as the press release put it:

“Dáithí organised an extra special treat of whipped ice-cream cones…”

But we couldn’t help noticing…

He seems just a little bit afraid of this year’s selection:

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(Perhaps they’re just rehearsing a Benny Hill-inspired sketch for next week’s broadcasts – we’re not sure).

Anyway… Looks like the host managed to exorcise those demons, to resume normal service.

And before long they all got back to more typical Rose-related photo-op activities…

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