Derry Rose Áine Morrison celebrates launch of the RTÉ Rose of Tralee International Festival

Derry Rose Áine Morrison joined host Dáithí Ó Sé and her fellow Roses for the launch of the RTÉ Rose of Tralee International Festival, which will be back on screens on Monday 22 August.

For the first time since 2019, all 33 International Roses were introduced for the first time ahead of this year’s 2022 Rose of Tralee broadcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player. This year will mark Dáithí’s eleventh year presenting the show and he and the 2022 International Roses were in celebratory form on Tuesday at Sandymount Beach, Dublin before their journey to Tralee.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival will also celebrate its sixty-first year and interviews with the 33 International Roses will be broadcast live from the Kerry Sports Academy in Tralee, Co Kerry, for the very first time, at 8pm on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 August on RTÉ One with a break for the Nine News.

Speaking at the event, Host Dáithí Ó Sé said: “I am really excited that the Rose of Tralee International Festival returns this year, I think we all really missed it. I do feel like it’s another sign of things getting back to normal. I am looking forward to meeting the incredible 33 International Roses.

Derry Rose Aine Morrison, front (centre) with Rose of Tralee International Festival host Dáithí " Sé and fellow Roses as they unite after a three-year hiatus at the RTÉ Rose of Tralee International Festival launch 2022, Sandymount Beach in Dublin. Picture Andres Poveda

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“I also cannot wait to go back to Tralee to see everyone take to the streets on Saturday night and presenting the shows on Monday and Tuesday where we will have a few surprises up our sleeves as well when it comes to the party pieces.”

The Rose of Tralee will be available to watch for free, live and on-demand by audiences in Ireland and around the world on RTÉ Player.

The 33 International Roses represent the Irish diaspora worldwide including, centres in Ireland, Britain, United States, Canada, Australia and the Middle East.

Aine, from the city, recently told the Journal how she has always watched the show and ‘thinking ‘I want to be one of those girls’ and now I am going to be one of those girls. It’s just amazing and I’m so buzzing for it.’

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Rose of Tralee International Festival host Dáithí " Sé pictured as the Roses unite after 3-year hiatus at the RTÉ Rose of Tralee International Festival launch 2022, Sandymount Beach in Dublin. Derry Rose Aine Morrison is pictured on the far right. Picture Andres Poveda

She added: “I’m so proud to represent Derry, I love this city so much.”

For up-to-date news on what’s happening at the Rose of Tralee, go to www.rte.ie/entertainment, where RTÉ.ie will host a dedicated section to the 61st Rose of Tralee International Festival. For a serious dose of Festival style along with health and fitness features with the Roses, visit www.rte.ie/lifestyle. Follow the events as they unfold on RTÉ.ie and on RTÉ’s Entertainment and Lifestyle Facebook and Twitter pages.

This year James Patrice will return as the backstage Rose Reporter and you can follow his antics across RTÉ One’s social platforms. You will find exclusive behind the scenes content on www.instagram.com/rteone, https://www.tiktok.com/@rteone?lang=en, https://www.f acebook.com/RTEOne and www.twitter.com/rteone, as well as on @rte, @rteplayer and @rtearchives on Twitter. The official hashtag is #roseoftralee