Meeting the entrants to the Rose of Tralee. Who will be the pick of the roses at this year's Festival of Kerry?

The thirty two girls hoping to be the next Rose of Tralee come from three continents and are representing Australia, the USA, Europe, the UK and Ireland. 

One of them will become the 1993 Rose of Tralee but they're all here for a good time.

All thirty two have an Irish connection and told RTÉ News what attracted them to Tralee for the festival.

The Festival of Kerry has always been the biggest and most successful event in the Irish tourism calendar.

Over half a million pounds is spent promoting the festival which attracts around 250,000 visitors to the town with an estimated 30,000 coming from overseas. The festival generates around £13 million in revenue for the town of Tralee in County Kerry.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 August 1993. The reporter is Kevin MacDonald.