Sunday 11 December 2016

Roses visit iconic sites on whistlestop tour

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

Galway Rose Rosie Burke, who is a vet, met Macy the dog during a visit to the National Stud in Kildare. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Galway Rose Rosie Burke, who is a vet, met Macy the dog during a visit to the National Stud in Kildare. Photo: Domnick Walsh

The Roses have continued their whistlestop tour of the country with a visit to Kildare.

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The contestants got a 'behind the scenes' tour of key Kildare flagship locations, such as The K Club, Kildare Village and the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.

While there, they enjoyed a fishing and falconry demonstration and even got to hold an American eagle.

Their tour kicked off last Friday with a stop by the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and The Ambassador Theatre's Revolution 1916 Exhibition.

The format for this year's event has changed to allow every Rose travel to Tralee to enjoy the event.

"For the past 11 years, a qualifying event was staged in the midlands at the end of May, at which 32 Roses were selected to appear on TV in August," said communications manager John Drummey.

"The good news is that every Rose who is selected to represent her county, city, state, country, will travel to the festival."

The qualifiers will be on August 17 and 18 and each Rose will discover on Sunday the 21st if she has been chosen to appear.

RTÉ has introduced a new show, 'The Road to the Dome', which will air on RTÉ One at 6.30pm next Monday.

Irish Independent

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