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Organisers of the Rose of Tralee Festival are defending moves to ban poetry at the competition.

Roses have been asked not to recite verse as their party piece when they take to the stage at the dome over the next few days.

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Thousands of people are expected to attend the 12 day annual festival in County Kerry.

Anthony O’Gara is the Executive Chair of the Rose of Tralee International Festival: