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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Rose of Tralee escorts hone their skills with sheep and sewing at bootcamp

Aidan Gahan and Cathal Nolan
Aidan Gahan and Cathal Nolan
Pictures from the Rose of Tralee International Festival Escort Boot Camp which took place in Kenmare Co Kerry over the weekend.
Pictures from the Rose of Tralee International Festival Escort Boot Camp which took place in Kenmare Co Kerry over the weekend.
The James Bond look particularly suited Darren Hughes Dublin , Conor Walsh Limerick ( 2014 Rose Escort of the year ) , Felix Ross Tipperary , Conall Scott Antrim , David Crean Kildare and Cathal Nolan Offaly .
Felix Ross Tipperary, Darren Hughes Dublin and Conall Scott Antrim.
Cathal Nolan Offaly, David Crean Kildare, Conor Walsh Limerick ( 2014 Rose Escort of the year ).
Darren Hughes Dublin , Conor Walsh Limerick ( 2014 Rose Escort of the year ) , Felix Ross Tipperary .
Darren Hughes Dublin , Conor Walsh Limerick ( 2014 Rose Escort of the year ) , Felix Ross Tipperary .
Paul McDonagh Kerry an Rose of Tralee Escort for 2015 had to shear sheep
Cathal Nolan Offaly, Felix Ross Tipperary, Darren Hughes Dublin, David Crean Kildare, Conor Walsh Limerick ( 2014 Rose Escort of the year ), Conall Scott Antrim.
Darren Hughes Dublin , Conor Walsh Limerick ( 2014 Rose Escort of the year ) , Felix Ross Tipperary .
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

This year's Rose of Tralee escorts soon realised the gig is not all about doing Bond poses in a tuxedo as they were put through their paces in a team building Escort Boot Camp this weekend.

The 32 chosen lads were challenged to get down and dirty as they learned how to shear sheep, shoe horses, absail, kayak and get to grips with domestic tasks such as sewing and ironing.

The legendary boot camp prepares them for life as escorts to the Roses (and for life in general) at the festival which runs this year from August 14-18.

The reigning Escort of the Year representing the County Derry Rose Centre, Robbie Costelloe, has described his two years as a Rose Escort as being the highlight of his life to date.

“The friends I’ve made are for life, the memories will never dim and the laughs along the way are the loudest we will ever have. I should know, I enjoyed it so much I did it for two years and it only costs €100 for a guy to enter,” he said.

And as if escorting the Roses isn’t enough, of the 32 Escorts who make the grade to reach the International Festival, one man will be chosen by the Roses as the Escort of the Year and win €1000, a weekend break in any one of the Carlton Hotels and other prizes.

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