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Search Starts for 2016 Rose of Tralee on Women’s Christmas

Elysha Brennan & Dáithí Ó Sé in Cork to start search for 2016 Rose of Tralee on Women’s Christmas

A NEW selection process, more Roses, an extra night on TV and a longer Festival - Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan and RTÉ’s Dáithí Ó Sé celebrated Women’s Christmas in Cork where they announced details of the 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Taking place from 17th to 23rd August, the 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival will run for seven days featuring 68 Roses, 68 Rose Escorts, more family entertainment and an extra night’s TV coverage.

An extra hour-long documentary, tracing the Roses’ journey to Tralee, will be screened on RTÉ on Sunday 21st August during which the viewers will find out what 32 Roses were selected to appear on the live televised selections in the Festival Dome on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd August.

The 2016 Rose of Tralee will be crowned live on RTÉ One on Tuesday 23rd August.

The hottest topic for families during Christmas was the news that whoever is selected to be the next Rose from Clare to Chicago, Dubai to Dublin, New York to New Zealand or Sydney to Sligo, will be guaranteed a place at the 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Elysha will embark on a month-long tour of Ireland to share that positive news with Irish women aged between 18 and 27 who may have ambitions to become her successor in 2016.

As a medical student, Lurgan Hospital will be a fitting first port of call for Elysha on Sunday 10th January before travelling to Newry, Rostrevor later that day and on to Belfast on Monday 11th January to visit Stormont, Titanic and City Hall to meet the Lord Mayor.

Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan, who came through the Regional qualifiers as the 2015 Meath Rose said: “This is great news for anyone who considers entering the 2016 Rose selection in their regions. Whoever is picked as their 2016 county, city or country Rose will travel to Tralee in August. Such is the continued success of the Rose of Tralee on TV, RTÉ are introducing a third night of Rose of Tralee TV coverage from next year onwards. The Festival itself has also been extended from five to seven days and 68 Roses will travel to Tralee to enjoy the full festival.”

For the past 11 years most of the Roses had to travel to the midlands at the end of May to take part in a qualifying event to try and make it through to the televised stages of Ireland’s top family festival.

Only 32 Roses can be accommodated on live TV and, until now, it wasn’t feasible for the organisers to accommodate the full inclusion of the other 38 Roses at the Festival in Tralee.

Full details on how to become a Rose and an online application form are available from

Information on this year’s Festival family-friendly entertainment line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.

Rose of Tralee, Elysha, spending Women’s Christmas with RTÉ’s Dáithí Ó Sé

Rose of Tralee, Elysha, spending Christmas with family & Women’s Christmas with Dáithí Ó Sé

THE search to find the 2016 Rose of Tralee will commence in earnest on Women’s Christmas, Wednesday 6th January, when the 2015 Rose, Elysha Brennan and RTÉ Presenter, Dáithí Ó Sé announce details of next year’s selection process.

Taking place from 17th to 23rd August, the 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival will run for seven days featuring 70 Roses, more entertainment and an extra night’s TV coverage.

It’s been three months since Elysha Brennan’s life changed as she knew it when she was chosen to represent the marvellous class of 2015 as the Rose of Tralee.

Elysha outlines her experience to date:

From that night on the 18th of August, it has been the most incredible & formative journey of my life. And we really are only getting started. Tralee was the most magical & special experience of my whole life, I made bonds with my fellow Rose sisters which will last a lifetime & lived moments that will stay in my memory forever.

A definite highlight shortly after being crowned, was ticking one of the BIG things off my bucket list & that was appearing on the Late Late Show. Looking back, it is so surreal that I was given that amazing opportunity, and was interviewed on the couch of a show I watch religiously every Friday night. I was welcomed so warmly & with such excitement in my home county of Meath, there were such celebrations & I was made to feel so special. The sense of home county pride in Meath was palpable at my homecoming, & it was an honour to share it with family, friends & fellow Rose & Rose Escorts.

Travelling to Kolkata with The Hope Foundation has been the highlight of my Rose of Tralee journey thus far. The Hope Foundation are an absolutely wonderful charity that care for & educate street and slum children in Kolkata, India. It opened my eyes to the struggles & challenges some people face on a daily basis, I came home with a new found & deep rooted perspective & gratitude for all the blessings I've been given in life ( - give the "gift of hope" this Christmas).

I have met so many extraordinary people throughout my time as the Rose of Tralee, I have become an Ambassador for Aoibheanns Pink Tie - a paediatric oncology charity based out of St John's ward Crumlin. They offer practical support & advice to families going through childhood cancer. I can't praise the work that Jimmy Norman & Mick Rochford do. They are two of my personal heroes. I have been privileged enough to have met some of the Aoibheanns Pink Tie heroes and princesses & have learned so much from their courage, bravery & ability to smile through pain & suffering.

I am looking forward to spending Christmas this year with family & friends. Christmas is a very special and sacred time in our house, it means so much to be all together under the one roof & get to spend some much needed quality time with one another. Life can be so busy & everyone is pulled in different directions, so Christmas is an amazing time to regroup and come together to celebrate the year we have had & all the blessings we have been given.

The prospect of the new year excites me & I am planning on cherishing and making the most of my time as this year’s Rose of Tralee, I have five more oversees visits planned, which is absolutely fantastic. My passport will be well stamped come August. My aim for this year is to be able to look back in August, on my time as the Rose of Tralee & know in my heart I gave it absolutely everything I had & did all the things I set out to do!

I wish everybody & their families a special & wonderful Christmas & a healthy, happy & prosperous new year!

68 Roses will travel to Tralee for a bigger than ever Rose of Tralee International Festival from 17-23 August 2016. More details of the Festival and of the official start of the search for the next Rose of Tralee will be announced following a photo-call in Cork on Wednesday 6th January 2016.

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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

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