Billy Kiely, a primary school teacher from Ballylanders is an escort at this year’s Rose of Tralee festival and he spoke candidly to The Avondhu about why he wanted to get involved and what the process has been like so far.

The 23-year-old is being generously sponsored by Sean Fitzgerald’s butchers in Ballylanders, where he has been working part-time for the past nine years.

Coverage in this week’s print edition