Rose of Tralee set for presenter shake-up

Rose of Tralee

It looks like the Rose of Tralee could be getting a shake-up this summer.

The annual event will be looking at its presenter line-up in an attempt to reportedly modernise the competition.

Thankfully, it’s reported that Dáithí Ó Sé will continue on as the host of the series.

But it’s believed that he will be joined by a brand new co-host to breathe some new life into the event.

Rose of Tralee

According to RSVP, the Rose of Tralee will be “different” this year: “RTÉ wants to inject new life and blood into the long-running festival and adding some female energy to it seems to be what will work.”

So who could be the person to stand alongside Dáithí on the iconic stage?

Well, names like Doireann Garrihy, Kathryn Thomas and Anna Daly are all in the mix.

VIP Magazine has reached out to RTÉ for comment on the shake-up.

Doireann Garrihy Pic: Brian McEvoy

If a woman does come on as a presenter, it would be the second time in Rose of Tralee history that a woman would present the event.

Kevin Hilton was the first presenter of The Rose of Tralee before it was televised. Gay Byrne then took over for 17 years and his wife Kathleen Watkins became the first and only female presenter.

Terry Wogan, Brendan O’Reilly, Michael Twomey, Ray D’Arcy, Ryan Tubridy, Marty Whelan and Derek Davis all tried their hand at the festival.

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