Kerry Rose selection launched in Tralee.

The Kerry Rose selection launch is taking place today in Tralee. The revamped festival is to be presented by Ryan Tubridy. This years rose selection was a near non starter with debts of up to 900,000 euro on the festival. However five investors came up with 60,000 euro to pay 300,000 euro to creditors, which was 30% of what was owed.The main event in August will be preceded by a mini festival in July to which 15 counties will send contestants. According to Anthony O Gara, an investor in the festival and head of the management committee its hoped to double this figure next year and pick eight Irish representatives