Make 10th year of Laois Rose a big hit

Pictured in the Heritage Hotel for the Laois Rose Of Tralee Launch were Annmarie Bowe, Pat Sommers, Bernadette Ryan and Stephen Cranly. Photo Denis Byrne.
An appeal is being made to make the 10th year of the Laois Rose one to remember.

An appeal is being made to make the 10th year of the Laois Rose one to remember.

As well as inviting young women to enter, the organisers want local organisations and businesses to get involved in this year’s event. Former Laois Rose Bernadette Ryan is one of this year’s organisers which was launched in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel last Friday.

“The Rose of Tralee is one of the long standing festivals within the country, and we are privileged to host the regional finals here in Laois every June. We are asking the local businesses and organisations to come on board and sponsor a girl to go forward to the regionals and represent our beautiful county.

“We have businesses and organisations who have been supporting the Laois Rose Centre for the past number of years. We hope that them businesses and organisations will stay involved, but also that new ones will come on board too,” she told the Leinster Express which is supporting the event again this year.

Bernadette recalls a great experience as the Laois Rose in 2010.

“It was one of my best years to date, and that culminated in being crowned the Laois Rose, representing my county in Tralee, and basically having the experience of a lifetime.

“For any young lady who would like to represent Laois, this is the perfect organisation to get involved in. You’re talking about new friends, an extended family, and mighty craic,” she said.

Anne Marie Bowe is co-organising this year’s event which takes place on April 4 with Bernadette. As the first Laois Rose, she said that it was great to mark the occasion.

“Hopefully it will encourage people to get behind and support the festival as much as they have done in previous years.

“I was lucky enough to be the first Laois Rose in 2004, and to get through the regional finals, and to go to the dome in Tralee, it was enormous. I had the whole county behind me. Every rose down through the years has had that support, and so long may it continue,” she said.

Anne Marie encourages local womento enter.

“It provides many opportunities, from meeting new people, to making life-long friends, and it can even help in your career. It’s open to anyone between the ages of 18 to 28 who’s willing to give it a shot, and just have a bit of fun,” she said.

Steve Cromly is Commercial Manager of the various rose centres. He said the Laois Rose Centre is one of the most important in terms of the International Regional Festival in June.

“The Regional Festival brings sixty one centres from around the world to Laois. This event would not happen if it wasn’t supported locally”.