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The Greatest Rose Of Tralee Moments In Irish Sports History

The Greatest Rose Of Tralee Moments In Irish Sports History
By Donny Mahoney Updated

The Rose of Tralee is the nation's greatest celebration of the fairer sex, and has featured many memorable (and less memorable) sporting moments down through the years.

The time Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna made an appearance

The cameo of Leandro Bacuna on the Rose of Tralee last year may go down as the most random moment in Irish television history. Last year's Germany Rose was a big Villa fan and someone on the production team organised Irish Villa legend Steve Staunton Paul McGrath Leandro Bacuna to prerecord a message of support. The Germany Rose could not identify Bacuna. Neither could Daithí.


The time Gabby Logan was Leeds Rose

Back in 1991, an 18-year-old Gabby Logan (nee Yorath) wore the Leeds sash. Interestingly, Gabby had been an athlete at the time, and was hoping to represent Britain at the Olympics as a rhythmic gymnast before sciatica derailed her career. Gaybo seems half awake in this interview but Logan is hugely composed and ready for prime time.



The time hip hop dancing made its Rose of Tralee debut

Hip hop dancing may not be an Olympic sport but it is a sport of the people, as the Dublin Rose  showed with this masterpiece of bodyrocking.


The time Anna Geary was Cork Rose


Cork camogie player Anna Geary stepped into the dome in 2014, in one of the more competitive Rose season's this decade. Geary recited a poem she composed herself and remains probably the most prominent Irish female athlete to chase the Rose tiara. Her appearance also featured cardboard cut-outs.

The time Declan Ryan's sister was the Tipp Rose


Back in August 2011, Tipp were going for an unusual double and it all centred around the Declan Ryan family tree. Ryan was trying to steer Tipp to a two-in-a-row at exact time that his sister Noirin was representing Tipp in Tralee. Noirin herself was handy with a hurl, and was captain of the Tipp intermediate camogie team in 2011. Sadly, she didn't win the tiara and Brian Cody trampled all over Ryan's dreams two weeks later.

The time Tommy Walsh's first cousin was Kilkenny Rose

Last year, Claire Walsh - Tommy's first cousin - wore the sash for the black and amber. The Tullaron woman though is also a pretty decent hurler as the Hogan Stand recounted last November:


After helping Tullaroan to a dramatic 0-8 to 1-4 victory over Carlow's Myshall in the intermediate final, Claire swapped her hurl for the microphone and sang Amhran na bhFiann before the senior final, which saw Wexford's Oulart The Ballagh also record a one-point victory over St. Vincent's of Dublin, 0-12 to 2-5.

The time a Rose's dad produced an Eric Cantona mask

This story could be completely fabricated but bear with me. This Rose of Tralee correspondent was in Ireland some August in the mid 1990s and he clearly remembers a Rose giving a shoutout to her Manchester United supporting - a chubby man with a shaved head - who promptly produced an Eric Cantona mask and pulled it over his face. I don't think she won.


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