The Irish Rose of South Australia is an episode about the Rose Of Tralee festival which links Tralee in Ireland with Star Wars and Adelaide. Intrigued? Listen in.

The Rose Of Tralee is a tradition from Ireland that has entwined Irish women and families around the world since 1959. This includes South Australia. Tonight we’ll reach past the thorns of controversies and change and learn why it is an important, annual festival, the second largest in Europe behind Eurovision.

We interview, Rochelle Melino, the SA Rose, Gillian Drummond, Rose Of Tralee Coordinator, Kevin Neeson, chairman of the Irish club, and Frank O’Reilly, Irish Club barman and radio presenter on Radio EBI.

Suggested Tweet text: There’s a lot of #Irish in #SouthAustralia and the #RoseOfTralee festival shines a light on it.

We discuss

  • How the Rose Of Tralee festival can change the lives of the roses
  • How last year’s Sydney Rose, Brianna Parkins, really brought the Aussie larrikin spirit to the party
  • The 8th amendment in Ireland which basically bans abortions
  • The Rose Of Tralee experiments with a reality TV-style “your fired” moment
  • The origins of the song, Rose Of Tralee
  • The link between the Rose Of Tralee, Adelaide and Star Wars
  • How to pour a pint (of Guinness)
  • How you can get involved and become the Rose Of Tralee 2017
  • Which hair colour has won the most Rose crowns

Also appearing in the Irish Rose of South Australia episode

In the musical pilgrimage, we’ll hear from Odette, one of the contenders for Rose Of Tralee from SA last year

The SA Drink Of The Week is … Guinness

In IS IT NEWS, Nigel tests us on Ireland.

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TIME SEGMENT
00:00:00 Outtake
 You’re obviously a professional
00:00:22 Theme
Theme and introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.
00:02:31 SA Drink Of The Week

Guinness … tasting notes

Guest tasters Kevin Neeson and Frank O’Reilly

00:00:00 Items Without Notice
None this week.
00:15:09 Rochelle Melino and Rochelle Drummond

The Rose Of Tralee is a tradition from Ireland that has entwined Irish women and families around the world since 1959. This includes South Australia. Tonight we’ll reach past the thorns of controversies and change and learn why it is an important, annual festival, the second largest in Europe behind Eurovision. And to share the story of the Rose of Tralee, we have current South Australian Rose, Rochelle Melino and Rose Coordinator, Gillian Drummond.

Rose of Tralee South Australia Facebook Page

00:45:32 Is It News?
The news history quiz with Nigel Dobson-Keeffe. Read the stories. They get published each Sunday.
00:00:00 Adelaide Visa Council
No case this week.
01:05:05 Musical Pilgrimage
And our song this week is Among The Heavens by Odette, selected by our musical curator Dan Drummond.
01:15:58 Outtake
 That’s a great Irish accent …  Dan, stay behind the bar

Here is this week’s preview video:

Genevieve O’Reilly (red hair) in a deleted scene from Star Wars episode 3:

SFX: Throughout the podcast we use free sfx from freesfx.co.uk for the harp, the visa stamp, the silent movie music, the stylus, the radio signal sfx, the wine pouring and cork pulling sfx, and the swooshes around Siri.

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