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Whatever happened to the Tralee Roses of yesteryear

Now back with the gardai, and a mum of four, she works in community policing.

Her reign as Rose of Tralee involved launching the first women’s mini marathon, and meeting singer Christy Moore, who even wrote a song called “Me and the Rose.”

She has previously told how “one everlasting image imprinted in my mind was looking down from the stage just after the announcement,cheap jerseys at my colleagues in the Garda Band and their beaming smiles”.

The Five Decades of Roses is a new RTE documentary, narrated by Ray D’Arcy, which will be screened next week . It comes as this year’s festival is set to begin tomorrow, and will run over nine days until August 29.

The documentary also features Dublin born Alice O’Sullivan, the 1959 Rose who was the first to take the crown.

She had to leave her job with Aer Lingus because of the marriage ban. She went back to college, where she studied, and then lectured in, environmental psychology. She now coaches skiing to disabled students.

Also featured in the documentary is Orla Burke, who was the 1977 Rose. One of 12 siblings, she worked first as a secretary, moved on to nursing and now studies psychotherapy. She is married with three children and has just written her first novel. Midlands UK Rose Kirsty Flynn was crowned Rose of Tralee in 1993.

She now works in marketing in London and is married with a baby girl, and has another baby on the way. Also featured in the programme is the Millennium Rose of 2000, New Jersey born Roisin Egenton who represented New York.

A regular visitor to Ireland, Roisin made the decision to make this country her home long term after her Rose year. She studied in Galway and now works for the HSE.

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