Once again the search is on to find the Laois Rose for 2015. Do you have what it takes to be the first ever Rose of Tralee for Laois, then the Laois Rose committee want to hear from you.
Once again, the Leinster Express is proud to join forces with the Laois Rose as media partner.
“The entries are really good so far this year, we are really hopeful that we will meet our target by the April 1 deadline,” Laois co-ordinator Anne-Marie Bowe said.
“So far we’ve only put the message out through social media and it’s really been a fantastic response,” Anne-Marie Bowe said.
She continues: “I think Maria Walsh has been a fantasitc representative for the Rose of Tralee, she has brought a lot to the role and renewed people’s interest in it again.”
In their first year Anne-Marie and the 2010 Laois Rose Bernadettle Ryan, successfully guided Teresa Brennan all the way to Tralee last summer.
“We all know Teresa was knocking on the door in Tralee. She really did us proud, but she has also been superb in her own endeavours.”
“For us it was a dream to see Teresa in the Dome.”
Anne-Marie continues: “Teresa is currently en route to New York to take part in the St Patrick’s Day parade, which is another proud moment both for Teresa and for us to see the Laois sash in the parade.”
“Her year didn’t end in Tralee, she has been kept busy since she came back both with Laois Rose events and through her own charity work and work with macra.”
Handing over the sash is alway a bittersweet moment for the outgoing Rose.
Anne-Marie explains: “You are tired in one sense, but it’s great for Teresa to go out on such a high just after the parade in New York.
Anne-Marie continued: “But myself and Bernadette are looking forward to the year ahead with the same hope and excitement as last year. ”
This year’s Laois Rose Selection night will take place on Friday, April 24 in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.
“This year we decided to have a style night for the girls, we will have hair, make up, fashion and millinery experts on hand to talk to the contestants. It’s a chance for the girls to get to know one another informally.”
Anne-Marie continues: “We’re still finalising the details for the bus tour on April 18, but it’s always a fun day out and another opportunity for the girls to meet one another before the big day on April 24.”
As always, the girls will have group and individual interviews in the Heritage Hotel on April 24, before being interviewed on stage in front of their friends and family by the one and only Brendan Henessey.
“The banter is always good with Brendan. It’s a long day for the contestants, the judges and ourselves, but we are all looking forward to making it a successful year again for Laois.”