Rose season in full bloom

2013 Longford Rose, Aisling Farrell (centre) with fellow Roses in New York for the 2014 St Patricks Day Parade.
Excitement is building all over the globe as preparations begin for the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Excitement is building all over the globe as preparations begin for the 2014 Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Locally, preparations are in full swing, as applications are now open, and a local final is in sight.

Speaking to the Leader, former Longford Rose and member of the Longford Rose Committee, Grainne Fox, encouraged local ladies to get involved with the festival.

“It’s a once in a lifetime experience, and you do make friends for life,” she explained.

Longford had fantastic success in the competition last year, and 2013 Rose Aisling Farrell enjoyed an incredible time as Longford Rose both during the festival, and afterwards.

“Aisling was an amazing Rose,” Grainne continued. “She ended up getting the whole way to Tralee.”

Tralee was not the furthest destination for the Tang native, however, during her reign as Longford Rose.

Aisling, along with a number of her counterparts from Ireland and abroad made the trip to New York to participate in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. “That in itself was a once in a lifetime experience,” Grainne added.

With big shoes to fill, the search for Longford’s 2014 Rose is well and truly on. To apply for the competition, visit http://roseoftralee.ie/roses/rose-form and fill in the application form. Applications close on April 23. The 2014 Longford Rose will be chosen at the selection night on Saturday, May 3.

A great night is promised for the Rose selection. Fresh from his performance as ‘Fagin’ in the St Mel’s Musical Society’s production of ‘Oliver!’ Benny O’Brien will act as MC while Paul Gurney will return as musical director.

For more information, contact the Longford Rose Centre on Facebook or email longfordrose@gmail.com