As part of a partnership with the Dutch Embassy in Dublin, Kilkenny’s Rothe House is inviting local people to enter a competition to name a new variety of tulip, and the prize for the winner is a trip to the Netherlands.
The tulip (pictured here) was specially created by Jan Ligthart in honour of Ireland, and a jury led by Mary McAleese will choose the winner.
Proposed names must contain no more than two words, which should be in some way associated with Ireland or its culture or heritage. The name must not infringe any intellectual property rights (including but not limited to trademark rights), must not be similar to the name of any other tulips and must not contain any person’s name.
Entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Trade Section/ Tulip Festival, 160 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, and the deadline is noon on March 9.
The minimum age for entrants is eight years old.
The prize is a trip to the Netherlands including two return tickets sponsored by Aer Lingus, two entry tickets to the Keukenhof, two Amsterdam City Cards for 48 hours and a stay for one night with breakfast at the Hilton Amsterdam.
The winner will be announced at an event in the National Botanic Gardens on March 29, when the tulip will be baptised.
Terms and conditions are at www.netherlandsembassy.ie.