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Rose of Tralee - Suzie Jackson

Rose of Tralee - Suzie Jackson

Like most young Irish girls growing up in rural Ireland in the 70’s, ‘The Rose of Tralee’ was one of the highlights of the year.  There was standing room only in the ‘lounge bar’ of my father’s country pub ‘as customers jostled to get prime position to hear the tales and tunes of some 30 Roses, coaxed out by the legendary Gay Byrne.  Having managed to squeeze my tiny frame between the excited crowd, I’d prop myself on the lap of an unassuming local atop a high stool against the old oak counter.   I’d  watch in wonderment at the...