By the time you read this, the 2013 International Rose of Tralee will be named but after two sterling performances from the Longford and Leitrim Roses on Monday, hopes were high that the title could be coming to this neck of the woods.
With a packed audience, and millions viewing the Rose selection live on RTÉ One, or on the internet, all eyes were on this year’s Roses as they all did their best to claim the Rose of Tralee title.
For the first time since 2007, County Longford was represented in The Dome. Longford Rose Aisling Farrell, a medical student who hails from Tang, took to the stage early on in the selection, explaining her recent 8-hour exam to host Daithí Ó Sé, and joking about her self-made posters, held up by family, friends and supporters, for the event. Aisling then took a seat at the piano to perform a beautiful piece much to the delight of the audience.
Leitrim Rose Edwina Guckian from Drumsna also made her appearance on Monday night’s selection, telling Daithí about her dancing and wowing the crowds with her incredible Sean-nós skills. Edwina’s escort, Jonny McGailey from Louth, was the winner of the Escort of the Year title.
At the time of going to press, the 2013 Rose had not been crowned but whatever the result is, Longford Rose Aisling and Leitrim Rose Edwina can rest assured that they didtheir counties proud.