There was great excitement on Saturday evening at the official launch and first official meeting of the Laois Rose 2018.
A number of Laois women who have put themselves forward to be selected as the Laois Rose 2018 met up on the night for photos, chats and to get to know each other.
Organisers Lyn Moloney and Steve Cronly were on hand guiding the hopeful ladies through the evening.
The launch took place at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise and it was an opportunity for anyone who wanted to know more about the Laois Rose selection to go along and find out everything they needed to know.
The Leinster Express, as proud media sponsor of the Laois Rose 2018, was on hand to meet the first group of women who hope to become this year’s Laois Rose.
Sharon Byrne from Portlaoise said that she entered the Laois Rose with the encouragement of her sisters.
“I wanted to do something different and challenge myself but really my younger sisters were behind it, they were asking me to do it for so long and I just bit the bullet and went for it!
Clara-Eva Bambrick from Arles is taking part in the Laois Rose selection to do her grandfather proud.
“I entered because it was always my Grandad’s wish, every year we watch The Rose of Tralee and every year he says ‘that will be you some day’ that’s why I want to do it for him. He doesn’t know yet, I am going to surprise him!
“My main goal is to help people who go through depression, my uncle commit suicide two years ago and I have been through depression so my goal would be to help younger people get through it,” she said.
Niamh Conroy from Portlaoise was spurred on by her friend who had taken part in the Laois Rose selection before.
“I decided to give it a go and come along to see what it is about. I work in Laois part time and I am in college in DCU in Dublin so I am studying business at the moment and I will hopefully be graduating next year.
“I watch The Rose of Tralee every year and one of my friends entered a couple of years ago so we were at the selection night which was a great night and it looked like a really good experience,” she said.
Gillian Osborne from Mountrath always looked at The Rose of Tralee when she was younger and decided to go for it this year.
“I just wanted to do something different, my mam’s friend tagged me on Facebook so that was the push I needed.
“I am looking forward to meeting new people, my confidence getting a bit better, speaking and mostly making new friends,” she said.
Beauty therapist Bronwyn Dunne from Abbeyleix has always imagined being on the Rose of Tralee stage.
“It was always a dream, looking at it as a child you see the dress and the idea of standing up on the stage but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be possible so it is a bit of a shock.
“I am looking forward to getting to know the girls, already it is lovely it is something social and it is interesting to get out there and do things like this.
“To represent my county and to have a platform to discuss mental health and work with charities,” she said.
Sports clubs, societies, groups and businesses can nominate a representative from their respective communities to take part. There is still time for anyone thinking of entering to do so.
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.