Will Monty win by a nose in Tralee?
An adorable Jack Russell from Co Wexford has won his way through to the final of this year's Nose of Tralee competition.
Monty, who is 11, was born in Ferns and according to his owners David and Tara McGeary, he 'loves playing football, spending time at Curracloe beach and exploring the Tintern Trails'.
'We are extremely proud of Monty for being chosen to represent our fabulous model county,' said Tara, when she commented on her beloved pet's success to this newspaper.
The good thing about the competition is that people in Co Wexford will have the opportunity to give their support to Monty by voting for him through an online portal and people can vote once every 24 hours.
This year is the sixth time the Pet Sitters Ireland Nose of Tralee competition has been run and it's received support from Tesco Ireland.
The Nose of Tralee will be crowned at the same time as the Rose of Tralee and with over 1,000 pets having been entered in the competition reaching the final is a major achievement in itself for Monty.
He will go up against 31 other pets with each one representing their respective county.
A public vote will now decide between 29 dogs and three cats as to which one will take the title.
The public vote opened this month and people in Wexford interested in getting behind Monty can vote for him through a link on the Pet Sitters Ireland facebook page.
The winner will be announced live on Facebook and Instagram on August 27 - the same night as the final of the Rose of Tralee.
'We are so proud of him for getting so far in the competition,' said Tara.
'Hopefully now Wexford will get behind him,' she added.
Monty is a cross-born Jack Russell who does a lot of travelling with Tara and David who both work in the film industry in London.
However, as Tara pointed out: 'He loves nothing better than getting home to Wexford after a production has finished to see family and relax at the beach.'