Search begins for Longford Rose 2013

Aoife Carberry

Reporter:

Aoife Carberry

Summer time is fast approaching and soon the Longford Roses for 2013 will be in full bloom.

Summer time is fast approaching and soon the Longford Roses for 2013 will be in full bloom.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is returning for its 54th year later in the year, and in this the year of the Gathering, the Festival holds a special meaning, with those of Irish heritage descending on Tralee for the event.

The search is now on for Longford’s 2013 Rose. Those wishing to apply should contact the Longford Rose Centre via email longfordrose@gmail.com or search “Longford Rose Centre” on Facebook. Those interested can also visit the festival’s website at www.roseoftralee.ie for more information and to download the application form.

Former Longford Rose and the current Chairperson of the Longford Rose of Tralee, Grainne Fox encourages young women to apply for the Rose of Tralee. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience” she explains. “It opens up so many doors of opportunity and you get to do things you never would have done otherwise.” Grainne gives the example of current Longford Rose Emily Hughes who got to not only got to attend various events as the Longford Rose, but also had the chance to visit Chernobyl.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday April 17th, so those interested are encouraged to contact the Longford Rose Centre as soon as possible. The Longford Rose selection night takes place on April 27th in the Longford Arms Hotel, with the winner going on to represent Longford in the regional heat this June bank holiday in Portlaoise.