Rose of Tralee host Dáithí Ó Sé is set to interview the final 32 Roses live from the festival dome in Kerry at 8pm on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August on RTÉ One.

The 32 Roses who make it to the TV broadcast will represent centres in Ireland, Britain, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, mainland Europe and the Middle East.

Ahead of this year's event, we're getting to know some of the Roses - watch the videos below.

Dublin Rose
Shankhill woman Laura Vines is a veterinary nurse who found her dream job in Dublin Zoo where she works with a herd of eleven elephants. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing, she now plans to start a Diploma in Zoo Animal Management.

"It's a bit of heavy work," says Laura. "But it's so rewarding when you get to know the elephants and work with such amazing animals on a daily basis." 

In keeping with her love of animals, the Rose hopeful plans to bring her pet dog on-stage as part of her talent.

"Any animal can be trained in the same way that I'm training my dog but it's not like a Britain's Got Talent special where she's jumping through hoops and over my back. I'm more so describing what animal training is and how you can apply it to your own animals."

South Carolina Rose
Cat McWhirter's passions lie in physical fitness and the performing arts; as well as being a TV and stage actress, she is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and avid marathoner.  

Inspired by the 2016 North Carolina Rose, the 25-year-old visited the South Carolina Rose Center and ended up finding a community of friends who help her connect to her Irish heritage, and introduced her to The Rose of Tralee.

"I have connections in six different counties," explains Cat. "From the Republic of Ireland, it's Donegal and Leitrim and then from Northern Ireland, it's Derry, Down, Tyrone, and Armagh."


Wexford Rose
Hailing from Chapel, Clonroche in the heart of Wexford, Emma Byrne is an active woman with a love for horse riding, Irish dancing, and skiing. The Wexford teen is currently a student in Dublin City University's St Patrick's Campus where she studying to be a primary school teacher.

The Rose of Tralee Festival has been criticised as being outdated in recent years but, according to 19-year-old Emma, it's anything but.

"We all have such strong personalities and such achievements. The amount these girls have done is unbelievable, I want to live up to those expectations in years to come. There are girls with their own charities and girls who are actresses in the big time - it's brilliant."

To get to know all the Roses, click here.