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    Rose of Tralee

    I was wondering about the exact meaning of "Rose of Tralee" when used to describe a woman. "she was a Rose of Tralee young housewife". Does it mean something like typically Irish beauty? Thank you!


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    Re: Rose of Tralee

    A famous Irish song: The Rose of Tralee

    As you will note, it is not merely her beauty that attracts the singer.

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    Re: Rose of Tralee

    Thanks. I thought maybe this was a common expression to describe Irish girls. So what do you think this description refers to if it's not about her looks?


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    Re: Rose of Tralee

    It is the basis of all sorts of competitions to find the most "Irish" girls. This need not be based solely on looks, but also character.

    The singer says:

    Oh, no! 'twas the truth
    in her eye ever dawning
    that made me love Mary,
    the Rose of Tralee

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    Re: Rose of Tralee

    Thanks again. So when describing an woman as a Rose of Tralee, as in the sentence in my first post what does it imply then? Good looking and honest? Red haired and a nice person?


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    Re: Rose of Tralee

    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina de Felipe View Post
    Thanks again. So when describing an woman as a Rose of Tralee, as in the sentence in my first post what does it imply then? Good looking and honest? Red haired and a nice person?
    No way of saying. It will depend entirely on the immediate context. It can be regarded as a generic way of saying she was pretty, Irish, and reminded someone of the song. It is like saying that someone is "as pretty as a picture".

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    Re: Rose of Tralee

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is the basis of all sorts of competitions to find the most "Irish" girls. This need not be based solely on looks, but also character.

    The singer says:

    Oh, no! 'twas the truth
    in her eye ever dawning
    that made me love Mary,
    the Rose of Tralee
    I've never met a woman with truth ever dawning in her eye.
    But I've never been to Ireland either

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