All roads lead to Tralee this year as for the first time ever the Laois Rose will head straight to the stage in the Dome.
The Rose of Tralee organisers have changed the format this year, and instead of a regional final in Portlaoise, all county Roses will now go forward to a pre-selection event in Tralee, the week before the main event.
“This is great news for the next Laois Rose. The big change this year is that every County Rose will get to go on the Rose Tour around the country, they will all go to parade and the Rose Ball in Tralee, which is the highlight for most girls,” said former Laois Rose Ann Marie Bowe.
“It will be the full on comprehensive Rose experience.”
“I really hope that local business' who used to support the regional finals will continue to support the Laois Rose now.”
Over 70 Roses will take part in a pre-selection competition over two nights in Tralee. Those chosen to go through to the main event will be announced in a special hour long documentary tracing the Roses' journey to Tralee on the Sunday evening.
The current Laois Rose, Ailbhe Culleton, will launch this year's search for her replacement along with the current Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan this Thursday, January 8 with a quick tour of the county. Anyone interested in becoming the next Laois Rose should fill out the application form on the Rose of Tralee website or check out the Laois Rose Centre facebook page. The selection night will take place on April 15 in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel.