Rose of Tralee escorts are put through their paces at an intensive bootcamp to have them festival ready.

Sponsors Shannon Development and the Rose of Tralee organisers decided the escorts need to be in peak physical condition for the event.

John Barnsley, Chairman of Shannon Development says,

Well, we're looking this year to produce the James Bond, 007 type escort, the guy who's ready to react to any situation. The stronger, fitter, keener edge type man that will look after his lady for the week in Kerry.

As part of the preparations, the escorts were brought to Thomond Park in Limerick for an unexpected but thorough workout.

Escort Peter Twomey thought he was in for a bit of craic, a few drinks and chats with the Roses. He was not expecting such a physical test of endurance.

At Bunratty Castle, the escorts learn new skills about how to treat a lady, followed by surf lessons and a run along the Cliffs of Moher.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 August 2009. The reporter is Joan O'Sullivan.