30 Nov 2021

A very special year in store for the 2019 Longford Rose

Loren Katie Logan

We're very proud of you...2018 Longford Rose Loren Katie Logan pictured with her delighted parents Séan and Jodie Logan Picture: Shelley Corcoran

Ten impressive young ladies will take part in the Longford Rose selection night this Saturday, April 6 at 8pm, in the Longford Arms Hotel, vying to be crowned the 2019 Longford Rose.

Maria Walsh, 2014 Rose of Tralee winner and European election candidate, will chair the judging panel. Maria knows all too well of what is expected of a future Longford Rose.

All supporters of each of the potential roses are invited to attend the evening event, as well as potential Roses who may consider applying in the future and those who enjoy following the Rose of Tralee.

Tickets are €15 and they can be purchased on the door. Doors open 7.30pm. Show begins at 8pm.

The format of the day will see the roses being interviewed individually and as part of a group by three judges, as well as the gala selection at 8pm which is open to be viewed by the public.

The 2019 Longford Rose will benefit greatly from going through this process under the supervision of Ms Walsh, as well as Ailish Brennan (2015 Kildare Rose) and John Richardson (Rose of Tralee Escort).

On the day of the selection, all the participants will avail of the wonderful services of Grafters Hair Company, as well as make up for the night sponsored by Elisha Stokes MUA.

The Roses will also enjoy a dinner with the judges ahead of their busy night on stage.

This year will be the first year that a Longford Rose is guaranteed to advance to the televised stage of the Rose of Tralee selection in August.

In the history of the Longford Rose, only four roses have succeeded in going through to the final TV selection process including Caroline Doyle (2016), Daphne Howard (2015), Aisling Farrell (2013) and Grainne Fox (2007).

Therefore, this year will be a special year for the Longford Rose.

The organisers of the Rose of Tralee International Festival have revamped the selection process for 2019 by removing the regional qualification aspect of the event to ensure that every Rose who is selected each year will feature in the TV final which will be broadcast from the Dome by RTE.

From 2019, each Centre will select a rose biannually, so that 32 Roses will be hosted in Tralee annually to enjoy everything that Ireland’s flagship family festival has to offer. This change in structure means that there will be no 2020 Longford Rose. The next Longford Rose selection will take place in 2021.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

The winning Rose will receive the sash from outgoing 2018 Longford Rose Loren Katie Logan.

In addition to the sash and title of Longford Rose 2019, the winning Rose will receive free hair care for 12 months courtesy of Grafters Hair Company, services of Lush Beauty, Dublin Street, including nails and lashes for one year, make up services thanks to Natalie Devine MUA and millinery services from Wendy Louise Knight Designs for all Rose events.

If that wasn’t enough, she will also be gifted beautiful Tipperary Crystal jewellery, who are the main sponsors of the Rose of Tralee.

On Saturday, the master of ceremonies, Benny O'Brien, will have the pleasure of interviewing the ten Roses vying for the title.As well as that, Rose Buds will accompany each of the Roses, as well as their escorts for the evening.

A raffle on the night will be held in aid of Longford Alzheimer’s Society and entertainment will be provided by 4 Degrees West.
It promises to be a fantastic night for all the family.

The Longford Rose committee comprising of Daphne Howard, Kathleen Mahon, Nicola Cox and Ann Howard, have worked incredibly hard to ensure that there continues to be a Longford Rose for 2019, and into the future. Your support on the night is greatly appreciated.

The committee would like to say a special word of thanks to the Longford Leader, Shannonside Radio, Grafters Hair Company and all the supporting sponsors who make the Longford Rose Selection possible.

They also wish the very best of luck to each of the participants who represent themselves, their families and their communities this Saturday, April 6.

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