Bet on Pageants: Here are the Best Rose of Tralee 2017 Betting Odds


Posted: August 15, 2017

Updated: October 4, 2017

“She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer,
Yet ’twas not her beauty alone that won me…”

The world is about to meet the meet the new Rose of Tralee, which means that your time to bet on this historic pageant is about to run out. Below you can find the best Rose of Tralee 2017 betting odds from Paddy Power as well as the most important information about all the frontrunners to help your decision.

The high spot of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, celebrated by Irish communities all around the globe, is the crowning of the Rose. Since the festival’s formation in 1958, 58 Roses were crowned. The current reigning Rose of Tralee, Maggie McEldowney, is about to hand over the crown to one of the 22nd of August after a busy year of traveling around the world and volunteering in Kolkata, India with the Hope Foundation.

What it takes to become the Rose of Tralee? First of all you have to be fully aware of the festival’s history and legacy. The Rose of Tralee International Festival was inspired by the story of a wealthy merchant, William Mulchinock, who fell in love with a maid, Mary O’Connor. Unfortunately, their love was destined to failure due to the difference in social class. Mulchinock had to flee Ireland for India after being incriminated in a murder case. The day of his return to Ireland was the day of Mary’s funeral, who died of tuberculosis.

William Mulchinock wrote the poem ‘Rose of Tralee’ to his love, Mary O’Connor. The poem contains all the requirements to become the Rose of Tralee. Follow this link to read it! Besides beauty, the Rose of Tralee has to represent “the aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage of modern young women.”

Some Rose of Tralee statistics

85% of the Roses of Tralee were brunettes, 13% blondes, and only 2% redheads. Dublin seems to be the Rose capital, followed by New York, and Galway. Most years, Paddy Power has correctly predicted the winner. The Rose of Tralee betting odds for 2017 have been released recently and with the extra information below, you are sure to make a profitable bet.

Rose of Tralee 2017 – Betting Odds by Paddy Power

Aisling Walsh | Sidney Rose | Odds: 3/1

Aisling Walsh

  • 27 years old
  • Born in Ballylongford, North Kerry
  • Moved to Sidney in 2013
  • Bachelor of Science degree, Institute of Technology Tralee
  • Graduated with an Honours degree in General Nursing
  • Works in Oncology nursing
  • Facilitator for new-graduate students

Maria Coughlan | Dublin Rose 2017 | Odds: 3/1

Maria Coughlan

  • 25 years old
  • From Malahide, Co. Dublin
  • Fully qualified primary school teacher
  • Graduated with an Honours degree from St Patrick’s College
  • She’s teaching in St Vincent de Paul Infant School
  • Two times Irish dancing World Champion
  • She writes a runs a blog on dancing
  • Established Coughlan School of Irish Dancing

Amanda Donohoe | San Francisco Rose 2017 | Odds: 4/1

Aisling Walsh

  • 20 years old
  • From San Francisco
  • Studies science in physics and math at the University of Nevada
  • She is working towards a PhD in physics, and a career in research
  • Hosts presentations regarding respect and understanding of cultures
  • Works with veterans and special needs kids

Jennifer Byrne | Offaly Rose 2017 | Odds: 15/2

Aisling Walsh

  • 24 years old
  • From Clonadering, Offaly
  • Studied Medicine at NUI Galway
  • She is working as a junior doctor in the Accident and Emergency department
  • Plays soccer and Gaelic football; currently plays with Galway WFC
  • Works with children living with a serious illness

Sandra Ganley | Mayo Rose 2017 | Odds: 14/1

Sandra Ganley

  • 24 years old
  • From Ballaghaderreen, Co Mayo
  • Completed her bachelor’s degree in Irish Music and Dance in the University of Limerick
  • She set up her own dance school, Jiving Juniors, in 2016
  • She’s the Irish Language Officer at Kilmovee Comhaltas
  • You might know her as a presenter of programmes on Sky Channel

Source: Rose of Tralee International Festival

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