LOUTH Rose Sarah McCrave is rallying her supporters to follow her to Portlaoise for the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival from May 30 to June 3.
At 18, Sarah is the youngest Rose to represent Louth and she is currently in DKIT studying a Level 8 honours degree in Business Studies.
When she graduates, she hopes to do her HDip and become a secondary school business studies teacher
Rose of Tralee Host Dáithí Ó Sé will interview Sarah and the rest of the Roses over three nights before two judging panels select 23 Roses to go forward to the International Festival and Rose Gathering in Tralee next August.
This will happen throughout the June bank holiday weekend in Laois, in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel where the Roses will enjoy an Irish music evening at the Maldron Hotel as well as a vintage Car Parade, funfair, street disco and a visit to the magnificent Castle Durrow.
“Each year over 1,000 young women participate in Rose of Tralee events worldwide and this year sees the biggest gathering of Roses at any one single event,” said Oliver Hurley, general manager of the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
“The event significantly enhances the profile of the Rose of Tralee and it is a major stepping stone on each Rose’s journey to Tralee in August.”
This year’s extended Rose of Tralee International Festival and Rose Gathering will take place from 14 to 20 August.
For details on how to book tickets for all Rose of Tralee events in Portlaoise and Tralee, visit www.roseoftralee.ie or contact the festival office on +353-66-7121322.