What is the Rose of Tralee?
The Rose of Tralee festival is an international contest which is celebrated among Irish communities all over the world. The festival takes its inspiration from a nineteenth century Irish ballad of the same name about a woman called Mary, who because of her beauty was called ‘The Rose of Tralee’.
The Rose of Tralee festival is held annually at the end of August in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, to choose a young woman to be crowned the Rose. The winner is selected based on her personality and should be a good role model for the festival and for Ireland.
Each year the Christchurch Irish Society hosts the Canterbury Rose of Tralee competition. The Canterbury Rose then competes in the New Zealand Rose selection later in the year. The winner of the New Zealand Rose selection gets to travel to Tralee, Ireland in August to represent New Zealand in the competition.