The Belfast Rose of Tralee has grasped a thorny issue this week. While out shopping for a frock for the contest in Belfast, she was amazed at the lack of awareness of the competition and wants to promote the event up here. Indeed, she would like particularly to see a protestant Rose. Yes, well. My recollection of attending the Rose of Tralee in my younger days is a little hazy. It was always great fun, but I seem to remember there was a drop of drink involved in the week long festival, rainy days and leaking tents. Not sure how that would go down with the Shankill Rose, but it might be interesting! Ashling McDowell is a 22 year old Law Graduate from Queens, and a favourite to win the competition.