THIS could be the year that the Kilkenny Rose follows in the footsteps of Orla O’Shea (2004) and becomes the Rose of Tralee. The search to find the next Kilkenny Rose getting underway and young women throughout the county are invited to live the dream by downloading an application form to enter this year’s Kilkenny Rose Selection.
The 2013 Kilkenny Rose will represent her county at the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival in Portlaoise and from there, she could go on to the International Festival in Tralee next August. The next Rose of Tralee will receive a range of Newbridge jewellery and homeware products. She will also receive a World Travel Prize worth €25,000 from Dublin Airport Authority, a year’s driving in a brand new car and much more.
The 2012 Rose of Tralee, Nicola McEvoy, said that it was the experience of a lifetime and that she made life-long friends and had the best fun along the way.
The Festival has connected the global Irish community in Tralee since 1959 attracting millions of festival-goers, thousands of Roses, their Escorts, families and friends, entertainers, volunteers, judges and sponsors. This year, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, they are all invited to come for the Rose Gathering and to stay for an extended Festival to enjoy a full programme of events to help visitors reconnect with Tralee and the many people who share the same experience. Anyone who registers to attend the Rose Gathering – email firstname.lastname@example.org - before March 1st will have a chance to win FREE accommodation in a four-bedroom apartment in Tralee during the week of the Festival. The 2013 Rose of Tralee will be crowned in the Dome on Tuesday 20th August after Dáithí Ó Sé presents two wonderful nights entertainment to a huge TV audience.