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Pictured: Rose of Tralee hopefuls begin journey to prestigious crown

The ladies taking part in this year's Rose of Tralee have enjoyed their first photo call to begin the 2017 competition.

Roses from each county in Ireland and those from overseas are preparing for their journey to Tralee, for the Rose of Tralee International Festival which runs from August 16-22.

The 64 hopefuls will be whittled down to 32 for the live TV show which airs later this month.

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Roses from Ireland and overseas are preparing for their journey to Tralee (Brian Lawless/PA Wire)

The first 16 to qualify for the live show will be announced at a new Celebration of Roses event at the Festival Dome in the town on Thursday, August 17.

On Thursday, a select number of 'Roses' arrived at St Stephen's Green in Dublin to mark the beginning for the 2017 competition.

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