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1968 Rose of Tralee honoured at festival

AN Irish institution turned 50 this week. It is the most unlikely of things nowadays. On paper it should not have survived the cultural revolutions of the 1960s and 70s, or the recession of the ’80s, but it did and more surprising still, is that it has made its way into the 21st century. The Rose of Tralee Festival has been parodied on television and in film but there is something intrinsically charming about it that draws viewers, crowds and indeed entrants from all over the world annually.

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For rich or for poor?

Inagh man Damien Queally gave up his life as a successful economist to work in some of the world’s poorest countries. Eight years ago, when the Irish economy was in full flight, Inagh’s Damien Queally turned his back on a promising career as an economist with one of the country’s top banks to become an aid worker.

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Will a Rose arise?

GLAMOUR, intelligence, beauty and talent will feature in abundance this weekend as 19 young hopefuls take to the stage to compete for the honour of representing Clare in the 2009 Rose of Tralee competition. The Clare finals take place this Friday at the West County Hotel, Ennis and are open to the public.

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