8. The Rose of Tralee
The song is a 19th-century ballad about a beautiful woman named Mary who was called The Rose of Tralee. The origins are debated, so there is no absolute confirmation of who composed it. For 55 years there has been a Rose of Tralee International Festival in Ireland.
Out of a pantheon of young Irish women, the Rose of Tralee is selected (and they can come to participate and compete from any part of the world if they are of Irish descent). This is linked to our own internationally renowned Rose Parade.