The 2017 Laois Rose Maeve Dunne, pictured with some of the 2018 entrants, set for the selection night this Sunday May 6.
The sun is out this May bank holiday weekend, and all 17 lovely Laois Rose entrants are set to blossom on stage at the Laois Rose Selection Night on Sunday evening May 6.
The night at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise is guaranteed to be packed with entertainment, glamour and above all great fun as we find out who will represent Laois at the Dome in Tralee 2018.
Steve Cronly is with the International Rose of Tralee.
“Our warmest welcome on the night is for our current Laois Rose Maeve Dunne. Maeve’s strength of character, her determination to excel in all her commitments as Laois Rose and her warmth and generosity of spirit has been fantastic,” Steve said.
All the Roses representing local businesses, will appear on stage and get an opportunity to do a party piece of their choice if they so wish. All applicants will be interviewed by a judging panel prior to Rose Selection night.
The applicants have been meeting for the past number of weeks, and attended lots of events from bowling, to Cocktails down town in Portlaoise, to afternoon tea at the launch kindly sponsored by the Castle Durrow Hotel.
The MC on the night will be DJ Ollie Turner from Galway FM, who has a long affiliation with the Rose of Tralee, and is looking forward to meeting all the Laois Rose entrants on the night. Musical Director on the night will be John Forde.
There will be prizes for ‘Best dressed Lady’, Best Dressed Man and ‘Best Banner’, and lots more prizes in a giant raffle, with the proceeds of that going to the new Laois Rose's chosen sports club.
The roses will have the pleasure of being accompanied by a ‘Rose Bud’ on the night, little girls from local schools.
The young woman who will be chosen as the 2018 Laois Rose will accept her sash by the 2017 Laois Rose Maeve Dunne.
She will receive an array of prizes including jewellery from lead sponsor of the Rose of Tralee International Festival Tipperary Crystal, and customised hair pieces by Laois milliner Pamela Curtin.
Lyn Moloney is the Laois Rose Co-Ordinator.
“The Laois Rose selection of 2018 promises to be all of the above and more. It will be a life changing experience for one lucky Rose. The question is, can you handle the spirit and fun with 18 fellow roses to meet, open doors to opportunities, learn about and meet plenty of new life-long friends,” said Lyn.
In August all the Roses gather for a journey down to the Kingdom of Kerry for 10 days of exciting festivities.
“The road to the dome is an incredible journey where we visit some of Ireland’s most famous and symbolic, historic sporting and tourism landmarks in Dublin, Kildare and Limerick such as the K Club, Kilmainham Gaol & Guinness Storehouse,” said Lyn.
The Roses will get pampered in The Glenroyal Hotel in Maynooth for two nights before the press photo call in RTÉ followed by their departure to Kerry for an experience to treasure at the Rose of Tralee Festival.
The unique celebration in Tralee, will offer the 60 Roses a wonderful experience together with a festival of fun for families and friends.
Steve assists the girls through their rehearsals, individual judging, group judging followed by stage Interviews and entertainment.
“The festival is about celebrating each and every one of our Rose applicants. They are the link to all Irish communities at home and abroad and our dearest wish is that our Roses and their families and friends treasure the experience,” he said.
Steve and Lyn thank all the local sponsors in Laois.
“A special thanks to our main sponsor Laois Shopping Centre and host sponsor The Midlands Park Hotel. Of Course none of this would be possible without the ongoing support of our media partner The Leinster Express.
“Come along early to the Laois Rose Night on May 6, as tickets are almost sold out and it promises to be one to remember,” Lyn said.