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#Lovely Girls

# lovely-girls - Wednesday 23 August, 2017

# lovely-girls - Monday 21 August, 2017

How To Explain The Rose of Tralee To Your Non-Irish Friends

It’s that time of year again.

# lovely-girls - Tuesday 15 August, 2017

# lovely-girls - Tuesday 28 March, 2017

11 perfect reactions to *that* sexist Daily Mail headline

“Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it?” – YOU WHAT NOW?

# lovely-girls - Tuesday 23 August, 2016

Night Two of the Rose of Tralee 2016: Liveblog

Who will win the coveted title? Only one way to find out…

# lovely-girls - Monday 22 August, 2016

Night One of the Rose of Tralee 2016: As It Happened

Lovely moment by lovely moment.

# lovely-girls - Sunday 21 August, 2016

From TheJournal.ie Want to be the Rose of Tralee? Here are some ways of improving your odds* Lovely Girls

Want to be the Rose of Tralee? Here are some ways of improving your odds*

*Advice here is not to be taken as a guarantee. Terms and conditions apply, see inside for details.

# lovely-girls - Monday 25 January, 2016

From TheJournal.ie This Kerry shop's 'Lovely Leg' beauty competition is Father Ted come to life Lovely Girls

This Kerry shop's 'Lovely Leg' beauty competition is Father Ted come to life

Of course, they ALL have a lovely leg.

This Kerry shop’s ‘Lovely Leg’ beauty competition is Father Ted come to life

Of course, they ALL have a lovely leg.

# lovely-girls - Tuesday 18 August, 2015

Night Two of the Rose of Tralee 2015: As It Happened

Lovely moment by lovely moment.

11 Rose of Tralee photos improved by Father Ted quotes

Of course, they all have lovely bottoms.

# lovely-girls - Sunday 31 May, 2015

The raffle draw at this Sligo festival is straight out of Father Ted

“Did anybody see The Late Late Show last night?”

# lovely-girls - Friday 5 September, 2014

From TheJournal.ie When lovely girls are lovely no more: Rose of Tralee chairman hits out at Fr Ted jibes Down With This Sort Of Thing

When lovely girls are lovely no more: Rose of Tralee chairman hits out at Fr Ted jibes

The organiser has taken aim at “boorish nonsense from uninformed opinion writers”.

# lovely-girls - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

As it happened: The crowning of the Rose of Tralee 2014 ROT

As it happened: The crowning of the Rose of Tralee 2014

All the lovely loveliness, as it happened.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The Roses have thick enough skins to take the constant Father Ted 'lovely girls' joke Rose Of Tralee

Opinion: The Roses have thick enough skins to take the constant Father Ted 'lovely girls' joke

Last year’s Monaghan Rose says the festival has had a hugely positive effect on her life and she’ll take a bit of slagging because she’s proud to be part of it all.

# lovely-girls - Monday 18 August, 2014

Night one of Rose of Tralee 2014: As it happened

Handbags at dawn! Well… at 8pm!

# lovely-girls - Friday 30 May, 2014

(Somewhat ironic) photos of the winner of 2FM's 'Miss Personality' contest

The Miss Ireland finals beckon.

# lovely-girls - Tuesday 20 May, 2014

Tubridy's 'lovely girl' contest met with mockery

Do you want to be ‘Miss Personality 2014?’.

# lovely-girls - Thursday 1 May, 2014

# lovely-girls - Thursday 6 February, 2014

12 GIFS that prove being a Rose of Tralee escort is the BEST craic

There’s a whole lotta fun and a canteen of silver cutlery to be won.

# lovely-girls - Monday 19 August, 2013

Rose of Tralee 2013: Night One as it happened

A live marriage proposal, kissing a cod, and bedtime stories… it was a strange evening.

16 of the best quotes from the Lovely Girls of 2013

Aren’t they all lovely?

# lovely-girls - Tuesday 13 August, 2013

Meet the Lovely Girls of 2013

Um, and Dáithí Ó Sé.

# lovely-girls - Friday 17 May, 2013

8 things that make Irish women completely irresistible

Don’t even try to resist, guys.

# lovely-girls - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

Pics and video: the 6 best bits from the Rose of Tralee ROT This post contains videos

Pics and video: the 6 best bits from the Rose of Tralee

High heels, banners and Rose Buds.

# lovely-girls - Tuesday 21 August, 2012

As it happened: The Rose of Tralee Finals, Day Two Rose Of Tralee This post contains videos

As it happened: The Rose of Tralee Finals, Day Two

It can’t get better than last night, can it?

6 lovely girls pageants that are not the Rose of Tralee MISS ATOM This post contains videos

6 lovely girls pageants that are not the Rose of Tralee

While The Rose of Tralee prides itself on being different to other pageants there are plenty of other ‘alternative’ competitions around the world.

# lovely-girls - Monday 20 August, 2012

As it happened: The Rose of Tralee Finals, Day One

Every Rose. Every one of Dáithí’s ‘jokes’. As it happened.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Will you watch the Rose of Tralee? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you watch the Rose of Tralee?

It’s one of the most-watched programmes in Ireland every single year, but it’s also criticised for being outdated and irrelevant. Will you watch?

# lovely-girls - Wednesday 24 August, 2011

Watch: Is this the best Rose of Tralee talent ever? Work Can Wait This post contains videos

Watch: Is this the best Rose of Tralee talent ever?

The Queensland Rose may have won, but she wasn’t the real star. Hold on to your chair and watch this dance…

# lovely-girls - Monday 22 August, 2011

From TheJournal.ie The Daily Fix: Monday The Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Monday

The battle for Tripoli rages on, the bishop of Cloyne breaks his silence, Ireland’s latest viral sensation and… can we turn light bulbs into wifi routers?

From TheJournal.ie Introducing: the 32 contestants in this year’s Rose of Tralee Rose Of Tralee This post contains images

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?

# lovely-girls - Monday 23 August, 2010

THE ROSE OF TRALEE is one of Ireland’s best known festivals.

Held annually, the festival attracts would-be Roses from Birmingham, Boston, Darwin, Dubai, France, London, Luxembourg, Newcastle, New York, New Orleans, New Zealand, Perth, Queensland, San Fransisco, Southern California, South Australia, Sydney, Texas and Toronto.

But the festival wasn’t always what it is today. here are five thing you might not have known about our Lovely Girls competition…

1. It use to be a tiny bit more exclusive

Today we’re used to winners hailing from as far away as Australia but originally, only women from the town of Tralee were eligible to compete.  Tralee has a population of just over 20,000 today so, in the early 1960s, the rules were extended to include any women from, wait for it…

Kerry.

Right. As much as we love Kerry, it’s a county with a whopping population of 140,000.

The organisers eventually gave up the ghost in 1967 and opened the competition to include any women of Irish birth or ancestry. Much better.

2. Singles night

As recently as 2007, only single women were allowed to participate in the Rose of Tralee. Was this because the contest was used as a nationwide, televised singles night? Or because, once married, women can no longer be considered “lovely and fair”?

Hmm, perhaps a desire to stay at least a mile from such questions at all times caused the organisers to relax this rule. They opened the contest to women wearing wedding rings three years ago.

3. Oops, just one more tweak…

A year later, they hastened to add that unmarried mothers could also be considered attractive, intelligent women. What a forward-thinking step for, er… 2008.

4. Surprise, surprise: it’s a tourist trap!

The Rose of Tralee owes its name to a poem penned by a wealthy (Protestant) William Pembroke Mulchinock for his family’s (Catholic) maid, Mary O’Connor in the 19th century.

Surprisingly, William and Mary’s relationship ended in tears – but the good news is that his poem became one of Ireland’s most famous ballads about beauty and lost love.

However, the festival has its origins in the (once annual) Carnival Queen event, which was forced to stop because of mass emigration. In the 1950s a group of businessmen, discussing how to bring some tourism to the town, remembered the old Carnival Queen event – and the ballad about Mary O’Connor. The Rose of Tralee festival was born.

5. A very Irish beauty contest

Although classified as a beauty contest, the Rose of Tralee does not actually score entrants on their physical appearance. In contrast to all other beauty pageants in the world, the festival has no swimsuit section.

Instead contestants are judged on their personalities – shocker – and the festival celebrates the “aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage” of young Irish women.

Past Roses can boast such as achievements as:

  • Winning the Edward R. Murrow Award for journalism (Michele McCormack; 1985 Chicago Rose)
  • Becoming Executive Vice President of the New York Stock Exchange (Noreen M Culhane; 1970 New York Rose)
  • Graduating with a degree in theoretical physics (Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin; 2005 Mayo Rose)
  • Performing live in Carnegie Hall (Róisín Egenton; 2000 New York Rose).

# lovely-girls - Sunday 22 August, 2010

THE ROSE OF TRALEE is a strange beast – not quite a beauty pageant, but not quite anything else either.

As a competition to judge who is most “lovely and fair” – just as the song goes – doesn’t include a swimsuit contest, the annual competition in Tralee is a strange one amongst its peers.

Indeed, it seems its most appropriate that the contest was lampooned by Father Ted as the Lovely Girls contest – as it appears the ideal Rose of Tralee is simply the loveliest girl taking part.

Here, though, is a pick of some of the other strange beauty pageants we found, that make our own Rose look a little more traditional.

Miss Jumbo Queen
A Thai contest for the more weighty woman. Enough said?


Miss Senior Sweetheart
A quite sweet competition really, the Miss Senior Sweetheart is open to women aged 59 and over, and ranks them based on… well, we’re not quite sure what. It’s probably not how good their cooking is, we can guess that much.

Miss Pregnant
It does exactly what it says on the tin. In this case, we imagine, you can probably only really enter once.

Miss Landmine
Now here’s a genuinely nice contest. This Angolan contest rewards those who have overcome the loss of a limb through landlines, and intends to challenge the traditional notion of beauty.

Taking some of the nice sheen off it, however, the winner gets a high-tech prosthetic limb – suggesting that the loss of a limb isn’t really something to be embraced.


Miss HIV Stigma Free
On a similar theme, this competition judges based on the dignity with which AIDS victims have coped with their conditions. This winner, Cynthia Leshomo, who won the contest in 2005, died three months after her victory.

Miss Tiffany
Finally, the contest of the Loveliest Girls who weren’t born girls at all. This Thai contest (what is it about Thailand?) rewards those who embody the more traditional values of a beauty contest – the obligatory talent show, the swimsuit rounds, etc etc.

The only thing is that all the contestants aren’t, in fact, Lovely Girls at all: they’re ladyboys.