A famous Irish song: The Rose of Tralee
As you will note, it is not merely her beauty that attracts the singer.
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!
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?
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
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?