Few people in Graiguecullen had seen the likes of it before.
Having supplied the winner for the Laois Rose competition in 2011, the Graiguecullen community has shown top form in beauty and talent competitions before, but last weekend’s ‘Thorny Rose’ competition produced a much different class of participant.
Seven brave, possibly foolish, but ultimately a little bit mad, gentlemen from the area donned evening gowns, high heels, make up, and, most noticeably, swimwear, for the club’s social night.
Competition was fierce for the title of the inaugural ‘Thorny Rose’, but ultimately Brian Lalor was deemed the Belle of the Ball to claim the prestigious crown.
Speaking after the event, Mary Hurley, one of the organisers, thanked everyone who took part. “I just want to thank everybody who took part, they all put in a trememndous effort.
“People are still talking about it down here and everybody laughed from beginning to end.”
Over 200 people attended the event, which was held in the Eddie Harte Pavilion in the Graiguecullen GAA clubhouse, with rumours of possible entrants next year already trying on outfits and working on their nails and make up!
See this week’s Leinster Express for photographic coverage from the Thorny Roses in Graiguecullen