Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna makes truly weird Rose of Tralee appearance

Brennan is now studying medicine in RCSI and spoke frankly last night about being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just weeks before her Leaving Cert began.


The 22-year-old from Bettystown, Co Meath, told host Dáithí Ó Sé that she is a student at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, but has considered alternative career options such as “joining the circus”.

Meath Rose Elysha Brennan was a deserving victor, Daniel O’Donnell wowed the ladies and Aston Villa midfielder Leandro Bacuna even got a mention (you heard us).

“I’m in such good company”.

The blossoming rose was crowned last night at the second of two live shows at the Dome in Fels Point, Tralee.

The Rose of Tralee is annually the most watched program on Irish television as 32 women from all over the world compete.

It says there were 52,000 tweets using the Rose of Tralee hashtag, with a peak of 140 a minute.


Elysha will now spend the coming year driving a new Kia pro_cee’d from McElligotts Tralee and Kia Motors Ireland, valued at €24,000.

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh cycling towards the final day of her charity Trek2 Tralee cycle  run