Kilkenny set for fun night – and new Rose

Getting ready for the Kilkenny Rose of Tralee Selection Night are (front rwo,l-r): Roisin Wafer, Catherine O'Carroll, Lorraine Maher, Emma Doyle and Helena Barcoe. (Back row,l-r): Sharon Shelly, Lorna Fennelly, Ashley Cooke, Denise Shanahan and Dearbhail Kirwan. Photo: Pat Moore.
On Monday evening, May 6, Kilkenny Roses will gather at the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny for a night full of entertainment, glamour and above all, great fun, as we find out who will represent Kilkenny at the Regional Festival 2013.

On Monday evening, May 6, Kilkenny Roses will gather at the Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny for a night full of entertainment, glamour and above all, great fun, as we find out who will represent Kilkenny at the Regional Festival 2013.

Roses will appear on stage to speak with MC Brendan Hennessy and get an opportunity to do a party piece of their choice if they so wish. All entrants will be interviewed by a judging panel prior to Rose Selection night.

Following the resignation last month of organisers Kate Markey and Paul Dargan, a new committee was formed, comprising past Roses including 2004 Rose of Tralee Orla O’ Shea, Deirdre Gannon (2008), Stephanie O’ Dwyer (2009), Sinead De Butléir (2011), Aoibhín Murphy (2012) and Steve Cronly of the International Rose of Tralee festival.

All applicants have been meeting in the Ormonde Hotel for the past number of weeks, and attended a coffee morning with their families, hosted by current Kilkenny Rose Aoibhín Murphy.

The MC on the night will be KCLR sports presenter Brendan Hennessy, who has a long affiliation with the Kilkenny Rose. Brendan is very experienced in interviewing the Roses and is looking forward to meeting them all on the night.

Musical director on the night will be Dale Hennessy. The interval will be music will be provided by Ian Doherty. The Kerry singer songwriter constructs carefully crafted lyrics that reside between Indie rock & alt folk. Ian provides an array of sounds that are quickly becoming synonymous with fellow Irish luminaries Mick Flannery, James Vincent McMorrow & the Coronas. He join’s the Kilkenny Rose Selection on his debut EP Tour. “Never In Colour” is out May 3rd on iTunes and Bandcamp.

There will be prizes on the night for ‘Best dressed Lady’ and ‘Best Banner’, as well as a raffle, with all money raised going to Cois Nore Cancer centre, the charity represented by our current rose Aoibhín Murphy. The roses have the pleasure of being paired with a ‘Rose Bud’ on the night, who are young local girls aged between 6-10.

The girl who is chosen as the 2013 Kilkenny Rose will receive many prizes, including Newbridge Jewellery. She will also go on to represent Kilkenny in the Regional Festival in Portlaoise in June, and possibly onto the International Rose of Tralee festival in August with the potential of becoming the International Rose of Tralee 2013.

The Regional Festival, hosted by Daithi O’ Shea, will take place in Portlaoise at the Heritage Hotel from Thursday, May 30 through to Monday, June 3.

This unique celebration, to be held over four days in Portlaoise, will offer the 62 Roses a wonderful experience together with a festival of fun for their families and friends.

The winning Rose will have the opportunity to represent their county at numerous local and national events throughout the year, with their first appearance at the ‘Proud to be me’ fashion show in Langtons on May 15, where they will be joined by past Kilkenny Roses and other local celebrities.

Aidan O’Dwyer of Kapelli Hair Salon has once again kindly agreed to sponsor the winning girls’ hairstyles, as has Maebh Cantwell from Serendipity Boutique agreed to style the winning Rose.

Steve Cronly, of the International Rose of Tralee Festival, will assist the girls through thier rehearsals, individual judging, group judging followed by stage interviews and entertainment.

“Can you handle the spirit and fun of 10 fellow roses to meet, open doors to opportunities, learn about and meet plenty of new life-long friends,” asks Steve.

“The Kilkeny Rose selection of 2013 promises to be all of the above and more.

“It will be a life changing experience for one lucky rose.”

Current Kilkenny Rose Aoibhín Murphy will hand over her crown around midnight.

Further entertainment will continue into the early hours as we celebrate with the newly crowned Kilkenny Rose 2013.

The Kilkenny Rose Committee would like to thank Kate Markey, Paul Dargan and Ronan Byrne for their hard work and dedication with the Roses over the past number of years, to Aidan O’ Dwyer of Kapelli Hair Salon, Maebh Cantwell from Serendipity Boutique, Colin Ahern and his team at the Ormonde Hotel, and also to the Kilkenny People.

Tickets are €20 and will be available on the evening of Monday, May 6.

Doors open at 7.15pm and the show starts at 7.45.