Louth Rose Megan Ferguson is rallying her supporters to join her in the Dome on Thursday 18 August at the Rose of Tralee International Festival from 17 to 23 August.
She will be among 65 Roses from all over the world who will be at this year’s extended Festival which will include parades, funfair, circus, 70 hours of free and affordable entertainment, Fashion Show and fireworks displays.
Megan, 19, from Cooley and an employee at The Four Seasons Hotel, said: “I have really enjoyed wearing the 2016 Louth Sash so far and have loved representing the Louth Rose centre at various events across the county and further afield.
“The support that I have received from people far and wide has been unbelievable and I cannot thank those people enough. I look forward to the rest of the year as Louth Rose and cannot wait to get on the bus and head for Tralee.”
Prior to arriving in Tralee, Megan will embark on a five day tour taking in some of Ireland’s top tourism landmarks such as Guinness Storehouse, Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens, The K Club and Kilmainham Gaol. When the Roses arrive in the Kingdom of Kerry, they will sample some of the most famous scenery and tourist attractions in the world.
The format for this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival has changed to allow every Rose travel to Tralee to enjoy the event in its entirety.
The Communications Manager of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, John Drummey, said: “For the past 11 years a qualifying event was staged in the midlands at the end of May at which 32 Roses were selected to appear on TV in August and ultimately get to enjoy all the fun of the Festival.
The good news is that every Rose who is selected to represent her county/city/state/country will travel to the Festival in Tralee. The Roses will still take part in a qualifying process, as RTE can only accommodate 32 Roses on live TV with Dáithí Ó Sé.”