Bookies put Waterford Rose in the running for Rose of Tralee crown

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Bookies put Waterford Rose in the running for Rose of Tralee crown

2018 Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher with 2018 Offaly Rose Katie Kehoe attending the Galway Races in July

The betting odds have been released for the 2018 Rose of Tralee festival due to be televised next week.

Roses from across the world are vying for the crown currently held by Offaly's Jennifer Byrne, and the bookies have installed Waterford Rose Kirsten Mate Maher as one of the favourites.

While London and Melbourne currently lead the way on 4/1 and 5/1 respectively, Kirsten is listed by Paddy Power as the 14/1 fourth favourite. 

Betting odds are not always a reliable indicator in the pageant, shown last year with Jennifer Byrne's victory.

Jennifer was at odds as big as 33/1 at this stage last year but as the Rose Tour continued and she made her stage appearance she was backed into 9/1 and later 5/4.

The early favourite this year is Grainne Hawkes representing London, followed closely by Melbourne Rose Suzie Jackson. The TV element of the Rose of Tralee takes place next Monday and Tuesday on RTE One.

You can see the full set of betting odds for the 2018 Rose of Tralee below:

Grainne Hawkes (London) 4/1

Suzie Jackson (Melbourne) 5/1

Sarah Griffin-Breen (Queensland) 10/1

Kirsten Mate Maher (Waterford) 14/1

Erinn O'Connell (Cork) 14/1

Celine O'Shea (Kerry) 16/1

Shauna Ray Lacey (Carlow) 16/1

Amber Crean (Luxembourg) 16/1

Deirdre O'Sullivan (Galway) 16/1

Sorcha Rochford (Boston & New England) 20/1

Giulia Kearney (Germany) 20/1

Saoirse Walsh (Wexford) 20/1

Leanne Quinn (Westmeath) 20/1

Grainne Carr (Kildare) 20/1

Julie Patterson (Sligo) 20/1

Loren Katie Logan (Longford) 20/1

Sarah Ward (New York) 22/1

Helena Hughes (Kilkenny) 25/1

Annie Powers (San Francisco) 25/1

Sara Kate Mangan (Abu Dhabi) 25/1

Laura Cannon (Perth) 25/1

Lorna Mallick (Wicklow) 25/1

Carly McGrath (Toronto) 33/1

Eimear Reynolds (Roscommon) 33/1

Ciara Kelly (Down) 33/1

Tanya Feighery (Dublin) 33/1

Jolene McLaughlin (New Zealand) 40/1

Roisin McCloskey (Antrim) 40/1

Katie Callahan (Chicago) 40/1

Rachel Gibbons (Mayo) 40/1

Imelda Scally (Leitrim) 40/1

Victoria Sexton (Florida) 50/1

Clara Burke (Clare) 50/1

Hannah Mooney (Monaghan) 50/1

Ellen Campbell (Tyrone) 50/1

Grainne Hogan (Laois) 50/1

Hazel Ni Chathasaigh (Limerick) 50/1

Kelsey Kelleher (Arizona) 66/1

Laura Durkan (Tipperary) 66/1

Rachel Cusack (Cavan) 66/1

Katie Keenan (Philadelphia) 66/1

Emer McKena (Derry) 66/1

Niamh Ni Dhubhgain (Donegal) 66/1

Erin Stefancin (Ohio) 80/1

Ciara Harvie (Newcastle/Gateshead) 80/1

Rebecca Egan (Dubai) 80/1

Michelle Karkos (Washington D.C.) 100/1

Lori Gavin (Kentucky) 100/1

Bridgette Abbott (Newfoundland & Labrador) 100/1

Alana Gallagher (Yorkshire) 100/1

Caitlin Macinante (Sydney) 100/1

Emilie Helbig (South Australia) 100/1

Hannah Virga (North Carolina) 100/1

Saoirse McGrath (Meath) 100/1

AnnMarie Duffy (Louth) 100/1

Kimberly Corser (Texas) 100/1

Katie Kehoe (Offaly) 100/1