Last weekend, the Louth Rose of Tralee Patricia Marmion launched the search for Louth’s new rose who will represent the wee county in this year’s Rose of Tralee contest.
The launch was in Belles Tearooms in Blackrock where the girls indulged themselves with a few treats and the Kearney brothers Rob and Dave even popped down to say hello.
“I was delighted that Rob and Dave were there,” said Patricia who is from Cooley herself, “we hadn’t organised it so it was just good luck that they happened to be in Blackrock at the same time.
“They are two of the best ambassadors for the wee county so it was great to have them there showing their support.”
So far there are 12 girls signed up for the selection process this year, which will take place in the Fairways Hotel on Sunday, May 5.
“The more girls the merrier, it makes the experience much easier and fun for both the girls and the audience when there is a big group like this.”
When asked if she had any tips for the girls competing Patricia said girls shouldn’t take the event too seriously.
“It is a bit of fun and craic, you should do it to have a good time and try not to focus on winning it.
Last year’s Rose didn’t focus on the winning aspect of the competition at all and had no intentions of winning it.
She entered for the fun and had a great time, she says she was shocked when she actually won!
The Louth Rose is more than just one night of selection, there is be a host of events and nights out that help all the girls build up great friendships.
This year’s competition is also set to coincide with some of the Gathering events which means it will definitely be a year to remember.
“I had a fantastic time as the Louth Rose last year,” Patricia told the Democrat, “everyone was so good to me and I am happy that someone else will get to go through that experience this year.”
So come along to the Fairways Hotel on Sunday, May 5 to show your support for the wannabe Roses and to see who is in the line up for Louth.
“It takes guts to get up on that stage, so the girls need all the support they can get,” said Patricia.
“We would ask that everyone in Louth come and show their support and help create a buzz in the Fairways next Sunday night.
“It promises to be a night of great craic.”
Tickets to the Rose selection night cost e15 and can be purchased on the door on the night or from the Fairways reception.
For more information on the night or on the Rose of Tralee competition itself please contact Brendan Galvin on 085 7845766.