Laois Rose Maeve Dunne is jet setting to New York this week to march in the St Patrick's Day parade.
Maeve will represent Laois while marching alongside fellow roses in one of the most extravagant St Patrick's Day parades in the world and she is encouraging women in Laois to follow in her footsteps.
If you would like to march in the New York parade or volunteer in Chernobyl with other roses next year, you can still apply for the Laois Rose selection by going to www.roseoftralee.ie.
In the video, Maeve said she has had a wonderful experience as Laois rose.
"I want to encourage any young girl to apply for the 2018 Laois Rose.
"I would encourage anybody between the ages of 18 and 27 to fill in the application form, it only takes a couple of minutes and you really won’t regret it.
"I have had the most amazing experience to date, I am heading off to New York on Thursday where I will be marching in the Saint Patrick’s Day parade alongside my fellow roses.
"I am just back from Chernobyl two weeks ago where I had the most amazing, life-changing experience.
"I am so excited for the prospective rose for the year that you are going to have. Just fill in the application form I guarantee you will not regret it, you will make so many new friends and you will just make so many memories and life experiences.
"I look forward to meeting all the roses on May 6!" she said.
The Laois Rose selection night will take place at the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise on Sunday, May 6.
Lyn Moloney is one of the Laois Rose Centre organisers.
“We would like to invite GAA, camogie clubs, societies, groups and businesses to nominate a representative from their respective communities to take part in one of Laois’ annual flagship events,” Ms Moloney said.
Laois Rose Centre organiser, Steve Cronly, has thanked the sponsors and and the Leinster Express which is the print and digital media partner for this year’s event.
“We are delighted to have Laois Shopping Centre as our lead sponsor of the Laois Rose again this year, along with the Midlands Park Hotel where our Laois Rose Selection 2018 will take place on May 6th. We are also grateful to the Leinster Express for their support as media partner,” he said.
This is an exciting opportunity for any Laois women who have ever thought about entering the Rose of Tralee to learn more and get that helping hand with going forward.
Local clubs, societies, associations, businesses, family or friends are invited to nominate a contestant.
Anyone who is interested can contact Lyn on 083 4631611 or Steve on 086 2505791, email Laoisroseoftralee@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.