Dr Jennifer Byrne with RTÉ’s Rose of Tralee Presenter, Dáithí Ó Sé on stage in the Dome.
“All I can say to any young woman is to ‘go for it and apply!"
That was the message from the Rose of Tralee, Dr Jennifer Byrne to women in Laois and other parts of Ireland and the world as she teamed up with RTÉ’s Rose of Tralee Presenter, Dáithí Ó Sé to launch the national and international search for her successor who will be crowned in the Festival Dome on Tuesday 21st August.
Dr Jennifer Byrne, was the first ever Offaly Rose to be crowned Rose of Tralee last August in Kerry.
“All I can say to any young woman is to ‘go for it and apply!’ The Rose of Tralee International Festival has truly been the most incredible experience of my life and I hope to encourage as many young women as possible to take part and become their local Rose.
“I guarantee them they will make incredible friends and have an amazing experience. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my year as the Rose of Tralee so far and am really excited for what’s to come. Many people think that the Rose of Tralee festival is just one week long and they don’t realise that the Roses and Rose Escorts have so many incredible experiences throughout the whole year.
“I’ve so many more exciting times ahead and I’m really looking forward to meeting the 2018 Roses who will be selected in the coming months,” she said.
The desire to be the next Rose of Tralee is stronger than ever with over 4000 women entering selection events around the world since 2014.
Jennifer was one of the 502 people who took part in qualifying selections in Ireland last year, while another 500 women entered selections in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Britain, Europe and Middle East in 2017.
Laois women aged 18 to 27 also have the chance to follow in the footsteps of Jennifer Byrne by taking part in the Laois Rose.
Aspiring Roses can enter via Lyn Moloney and Steve Cronly who are the co-ordinators of this year’s contest which takes place at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise on Sunday, May 6. Hopefuls can also enter via the Rose of Tralee website.
Anyone interested is invited to come along to the official launch with the 2017 Laois Rose Maeve Dunne, at the Midlands Park Hotel on Saturday, February 24 from 6pm onwards.
Sports clubs, societies, groups and businesses can nominate a representative from their respective communities.
For further details please contact the Laois Rose Team of Lyn on 083 4631611 or Steve on 086 2505791. They are looking forward to hearing from you all.
The Leinster Express is delighted to support the Laois Rose Selection again this year as exclusive media partner. Laois Shopping Centre is also sponsoring.