There will be a Kilkenny Rose after all

Kilkenny Roses past and present.
Following weeks of speculation as to whether or not Kilkenny would have a contestant for this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival, it has now been confirmed that one lucky lady will indeed be taking part.

Following weeks of speculation as to whether or not Kilkenny would have a contestant for this year’s Rose of Tralee Festival, it has now been confirmed that one lucky lady will indeed be taking part.

With the resignation last month of former organisers Kate Markey and Paul Dargan, there was uncertainty over whether or not a selection process would happen. But a new committee has since been formed, comprising production manager Steven Connolly and several former Kilkenny Roses, including Orla O’Shea, who won the competition in 2004.

Present committee member and former Kilkenny Rose Sinèad de Butlèìr has revealed that the 2013 Rose will be announced on Monday, May 6, to go forward to the regional final in Portlaoise. The application process is still open, and anyone interested in being the Rose is still in with a chance.

“I would encourage people to apply because it can really benefit you in terms of confidence, speaking, or getting involved in local charities – I really grew from it,” says Sinèad.

“We would also like to acknowledge all the hard work that Kate and Paul have done over the years.”

To find out more about being a Rose, go along to the meeting held every Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Ormonde Hotel, or contact Sinèad on 087-6180295.