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The 7 most surreal moments from last night's Rose of Tralee

And boy, were they surreal.

LAST NIGHT BROUGHT us the first half of 2013′s Rose of Tralee international final, live from the Festival Dome.

We recapped the proceedings minute-by-minute, blow-by-blow as they happened. But if you’re pressed for time, here are the 7 weirdest moments.

1. Daithi’s sidebeard

The moment the nation realised that there was a mysterious, unbridgeable gulf between Dáithí’s beard and his sideburns.

Why is it there? What caused it? Does it have a purpose?

There are no answers. There is only sidebeard.

2. When we found out MollyMolloy was a first name

When New Orleans Rose MollyMolloy Gambel revealed that yes, her name was MollyMolloy. All one word. Because… her mother didn’t want Molloy to be relegated to a surname? Or something?

3. When we had Mardi Gras, Kerry-schtyle

MollyMolloy dressed Dáithí up in a Mardi Gras outfit and made him dance. They call him Grand Wizard Ó Sé.

Left to right: MollyMolloy, a very confused Dáithí getting some last minute instructions.

Needs more cowbell.

4. When THAT proposal happened

Dáithí brought out MollyMolloy’s boyfriend Kyle on some flimsy pretext. Then… this happened.


(See here for what happened next.)

5. When the Philadelphia Rose did Britney Spears in whalesong

Brittany Killion revealed that her ‘special talent’ was… making weird noises through her hand? Or something?

She basically sang the entirety of Hit Me Baby One More Time in a funny voice through her fist. No words.

6. When the Rose made Dáithí climb into bed for a nighty-night story

Bridget Haines literally had a bed brought out on stage, then read Dáithí a bedtime story about bears. She did the voices and everything.

Eventually he was forced to leap out of bed when he could bear – huh? huh? – it no longer.


7. When Dáithí shifted a fish

Under the pretext of some kind of local ceremony, Newfoundland and Labrador Rose Erica Halfyard brought out an enormous dead cod and made Dáithí kiss it.

Like, actually smooch it. Full on its cold, dead, fishy lips.

Look at the tenderness in his face. Just look at it.

Roll on tonight’s fun! We’ll be liveblogging it all from 8pm – join us then for more strange goings-on from Tralee…

She DID say yes! Here’s what happened after the Rose of Tralee proposal>

Rose of Tralee 2013: Night One as it happened>

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