All 32 Roses have arrived and the Rose of Tralee Festival is under way. Hosted by Daithí O Sé, the contest begins on Monday the 19th of August with the final on Tuesday the 20th of August when the 2013 winner will be crowned. For more information on events throughout the week, visit

We take a look back 30 years to 1983 and the preparations under way for the Rose of Tralee. This clip shows the arrival of the Rose of Tralee contestants at Dublin airport.

Broadcast as part of the Rose of Tralee on the 30th August, this segment was filmed on the 26th of August. In 1983 Brenda Hyland the Waterford Rose went on to win the competition.

Gay Byrne and the Rose of Tralee Contestants (1983)
Gay Byrne and contestants at Rose of Tralee (1983) © RTÉ Archives 2308/064