The Rose of Tralee is coming back to our screens on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd of August. We had a quick chat with Colombe Nadeau-O'Shea, Ellen McCready and Sarah Colhoun to discuss their inspirations, outfits, and interests.

Dáithí and the Roses
Dáithí and the Roses at Malahide Castle

Toronto Rose
Colombe Nadeau-O'Shea is a twenty-six-year-old painter and photographer. She works as a business etiquette consultant and is part of a tech startup. Colombe told RTÉ LifeStyle that it was her granny that inspired her to become a Rose.

"I'm here because my nana was very involved in the Rose of Tralee for a very, very, long time. She's, unfortunately, no longer with us but I'm definitely doing it in honour of her. It's an honour and a privilege to be here."

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Queensland Rose
Ellen McCready is a twenty-seven-year-old event manager at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Ellen's parents moved from Dublin to Queensland in the 1980s, but she loves to visit Ireland as much as she can. She told RTÉ LifeStyle that she signed up to become a Rose in order to empower herself and celebrate women.

"My mum is definitely my inspiration, she is a super strong woman, she's from Dublin herself so that's kind of my background with my Irish heritage, as well as my dad. I really wanted to get involved and celebrate women, Irish women, and empower myself as well in that way."

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Derry Rose
Sarah Colhoun is a twenty-four-year-old primary school teacher and a Youth Officer at Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann Roe Vally. The Gaeilgeoir grew up in Co. Derry near the Binevenagh mountain and River Roe. She told RTÉ LifeStyle that she had always planned on becoming a Rose.

"I suppose it's always something that I've aspired to do since I was really, really, young. [It is] an annual ritual, I suppose, every year for the family to sit down and watch The Rose of Tralee so I'm absolutely delighted to be here this year."

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Dáithí and the final 32 Roses will broadcast live from Kerry at 8:00pm on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd of August on RTÉ One. International audiences can watch the event live on the RTÉ Player.