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The crowning of the new Rose of Tralee drew a peak of 760,300* viewers as audiences tuned in to see an overjoyed Meath Rose, Elysha Brennan, named as the 57th Rose of Tralee. Over the two days a reach of over 1.7 million** people tuned in to watch the Rose of Tralee ( 42% of all Irish viewers) making it one of the highest rating programmes of the year.

Last night’s second programme ranked as ninth in the Top Ten programmes across all channels for the year to date. (See table below) An average audience of 652,300*** tuned in after RTÉ One’s Nine O’ Clock news.

Rose of Tralee host said Dáithí Ó Sé said: “It’s been another incredible year. This is my sixth year hosting the Rose of Tralee and it just keeps getting better. The atmosphere has been outstanding all week long and the two live shows were just amazing. I’m thrilled for Elysha. Her down-to-earth and positive personality really shone through during the week and on stage aswell. I’ve no doubt that she will be a superb ambassador for the Rose of Tralee.”

RTÉ’s executive producer of this year’s Rose of Tralee show Brian Páircéir said, “Viewership figures this year have been brilliant. A share of 50% indicates that 1 in 2 people in Ireland watching television at the time tuned to watch the second part of last night’s Rose of Tralee proving yet again what a huge hit it is with viewers. As ever, Dáithí’s energy and witty repertoire made the live event all the more fun for the Roses! I wish Elysha the very best in her future role as The Rose of Tralee.”
Once again for fans in Ireland and worldwide, the Rose of Tralee Festival was streamed live and is available on demand on RTÉ Player. A total of 72,000 streams have been recorded to date, with 35,000 of these being from the live online simulcasts on both nights.

57% of total streams have been from a mobile or tablet device.

There was also a large amount of international interest in the festival, with close to 52% of the live streams delivered outside of Ireland. Internationally, the highest number of streams came from the UK, US and Canada. The Rose of Tralee Extras feature on RTÉ Player also proved very popular with over 25,000 streams.
According to Twitter Dublin this year’s #RoseofTralee took over Twitter with more than 52,000 tweets sent.

Thirty two Roses took to the stage over the course of two nights and audience and viewers alike were entertained with everything from dung-spitting, ballet bar fitness, fancy science experiments, beersbie and of course who could forget the sight of Dáithí Ó Sé in the pink tutu?

2015 Rose of Tralee winner Elysha Brennan said: “I’m absolutely shocked and overjoyed to be crowned the Rose of Tralee. The calibre of the Roses this year is phenomenal; every girl on stage with me deserved to win the title. It’s an incredible honour to represent the Roses and Festival.”

22-year-old Elysha Brennan hails from the coastal village of Bettystown, Co. Meath. A second year student in The Royal College of Surgeons Elysha wowed judges with her down-to-earth nature and positive personality. Elysha has a keen interest in working with children and is involved with the RCSI Paediatric Society and volunteers with the Irish Cancer Society. Elysha is the first ever Meath Rose to represent her county on stage in the Dome in Tralee.


*Peak-minute audience of 760,300 viewers was recorded at 23:26 last night

**Reach – the net number or percentage of people who have seen a particular piece of broadcast output. The TAM Ireland definition is 1+ minute. Over the two days 1,715,100 people tuned in to watch The Rose of Tralee, which is 41.6% of all Irish viewers (1 minute cumulative reach. Based on 10 Rose of Tralee programmes that aired on RTÉ One and RTÉ One+1 on 17-18 August 2015)

***Average audience - The average number of viewers across a programme or series, expressed in 000s. TV viewing is measured minute-by-minute, so the average audience is the average across all of these minutes

Meath Rose makes history as she is crowned 2015 Rose of Tralee

Meath Rose, Elysha makes history as she is crowned 2015 Rose of Tralee in the Festival Dome

ELYSHA Brennan, representing Meath, is the 2015 International Rose of Tralee.

RTÉ’s Dáithí Ó Sé announced the result in front of nearly one million television viewers and an audience of 2000 people in the Festival Dome last night.

Elysha (22) from Bettystown, the first Meath Rose to reach the televised stage of the Festival, was presented with her sash and tiara by the 2014 Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh and Paul Keane, Chairman of Newbridge Silverware, lead sponsors of the Festival.

Elysha, a second year medical student who overcame Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013, said: “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be here. It’s been such an incredible experience in my life, one that’s brought me to places and given me feelings that I’ve never experienced. I supposed I’ve experienced the lowest of lows in life and this is just the highest of highs.”

Elysha created a Bucket List after being diagnosed with cancer just before repeating her Leaving Certificate Exams and taking part in the Rose of Tralee was one of the items in the list.

She went to school in Gormanston College, Co Meath where she graduated with a Student of the Year Medal and now she is studying medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin.

“I adore what I am studying although during exam season I always consider alternative career options, such as joining the circus. I have a keen interest in working with children and am involved with the RCSI Paediatric Society and I hope to work as a Paediatric Oncologist.”

Elysha has volunteered for the Irish Cancer Society and she plans to partake in a volunteer mission with a local parish in Lourdes.
She has been involved with musical theatre from an early age and has a passion for all things song and dance taking part in the Olympia Theatre Dublin Christmas pantomimes and a Michael Jackson tribute show.

In addition to the honour becoming the 2015 Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan, has won a prize package that includes a treasure trove of Newbridge Jewellery and Homeware, a €25,000 World Travel Prize sponsored by The Loop at Dublin and Cork Airports and a year’s driving in the new Kia pro_ceed worth €25,000 from Kia and McElligotts of Tralee.

This year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival kicked-off on Friday August 14th and around 200,000 people were in Tralee over the course of the five-day Festival, the highlights of which were a number of concerts, three parades, two fireworks displays and a tandem parachute jump into Tralee Town Park by Maria Walsh.

The Street Carnival in the town centre was complimented by the Dome events that included the sell-out 1000 capacity Rose Ball, two Rose selection nights and The Kerryman Fashion Show which was attended by nearly 1600 people.

The Executive Chairman of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O’Gara, thanked the sponsors, the local business community and the dedication of the team of 150 volunteers who worked tirelessly to deliver a top class event to people of all ages.
Planning for a bigger and longer Rose of Tralee Festival in 2016 are well underway and the event, which will feature up to 70 Roses, will run from Wednesday 17th to Tuesday 23rd August.

Applications are now being accepted to become Roses and Rose Escorts in 2016 and full details are available from

Shane Kenny is 2015 Newbridge Silverware Rose of Tralee Escort of the Year

TRALEE architect Shane Kenny (23) is the 2015 Newbridge Silverware Rose of Tralee Escort of the Year.

Shane’s fellow Rose Escorts and this year’s 32 International Roses voted for the winner and Dáithí Ó Sé announced the result in the Festival Dome in front of live on RTÉ One.

In a year when the Rose Escorts had the pleasure of chaperoning three Roses instead of being paired with one Rose, Shane was the Rose Escort to the Galway, Louth and Meath Roses.

A native of The Spa, Tralee, Shane plays football for his local club Churchill GAA, and writes for popular sports website Pundit Arena occasionally. He is a member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, and has performed at Siamsa Tíre Theatre in a number of different pantomime roles and sketches recently.

The General Manager of Newbridge Silverware, Martin Kilduff, presented Shane with a wonderful prize consisting of a 44-piece silver-plated canteen engraved with his family crest, a stylish Gents collection of Newbridge Jewellery including Rose of Tralee Cufflinks, bracelet, watch, leather belt and wallet and a cheque for €1000.

Shane Kenny, the only Kerryman among this year’s group of 32 Rose Escorts, said: “I was delighted to represent Tralee and Kerry in what has been another fantastic Festival.”

Shane has completed the Ring of Kerry Cycle and two Toughathlons, raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society in the process.

A quiz buff, Shane has competed at All-Ireland level with his parish team. He aspires to undertake his Masters in Architecture in the coming year.

Two of his fellow Rose Escorts, Darren Hughes (29) and Ross McAuley (26), both from Dublin, were shortlisted in the top three following the vote.

Nearly 200 men aged between 21 and 30 applied to become Escorts at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival and following a detailed interview process, the final 32 were selected to take part in a Boot Camp weekend in Kenmare to help them prepare for a busy week in Tralee.

Applications are now being accepted to become Rose Escorts in 2016 and full details are available from

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