JOSTLING and shuffling like excited schoolboys ahead of a debs night, 31 nervous Rose of Tralee escorts formed a guard-of-honour of sorts to welcome their Roses to the Fels Point Hotel — and many to Tralee for the first time.
Joleen Cronin, who originally started the convention with her brother, Denis, told that it had been growing steadily each year.
Gráinne Keenan from Fermoy, Co Cork, took the queen title.
And Alan Reidy, from Blennerville, Co Kerry, was made the king.
Crosshaven, Co Cork, is the site of the convention, which is a celebration of of all things ginger.
The convention kicked off yesterday with the 'red-gistration' and redheads arriving from all over the country and abroad too.