Loren Katie Logan reflects on her time as the 2018 Longford Rose

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Longford Rose Loren Katie Logan with Daithi O’Se pictured at the Rose Hotel. Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD

As the 2019 Longford Rose selection night nears, the 2018 Rose Loren Katie Logan reflects on her reign as the current Rose of Longford.

This Saturday, April 6, will determine which of ten girls will follow in the footsteps of 2018's Longford Rose, Loren Katie Logan.

And, with her reign as the Longford Rose coming to an end, Loren Katie is undoubtedly reflecting on her year wearing the sash.

The 2018 Rose was disappointed not to reach the televised interview by Daithí Ó'Sé live on RTE One but she said she had made new friends for life and spoke highly of her time spent in Tralee. 

The Edgeworthstown native reigned with pride, celebrating her county and encouraging fellow Longford women to apply for the competition. 

“My aim would be to put Longford back on the map; get it back in the news for all positive reasons and shine a light on it," said the Rose on representing her county. 

The 2018 Rose spoke of the inspiration behind her participation:  “I grew up with the Rose of Tralee. We always watched it. And every year we watched it, Grandad would be like ‘you’d be such a good rose’. And then my grandfather passed away last year and I would have been so close to him. He was a big figure in my life. So when he passed away I thought ‘I’ll do it for him’, as cliché as it sounds. I thought ‘I’ll never do it if I don’t do it now’."

Special guest former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh will have a seat on the judges panel for the 2019 Longford Rose selection on Saturday night.

The lucky 2019 Rose will feature in the televised interviews in Tralee thanks to a change of rules in anticipation of the 2019 festival. 

The selection night will take place in the Longford Arms Hotel at 8pm this Saturday. Fans and potential Roses are encouraged to attend the event