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Youngest ever Rose will celebrate her Leaving Cert results at castle banquet

Elaine McCahill

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

Wicklow Rose Megan Swart is awaiting her exam results
Wicklow Rose Megan Swart is awaiting her exam results

The youngest ever contestant in the Rose of Tralee will be getting her Leaving Cert results online today.

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Wicklow Rose Megan Swart won't be celebrating with her friends tonight as she'll be joining her fellow Roses at a banquet.

"I'm not too nervous because I just haven't had time to think about it," she said. "I can get them online at 12 tomorrow so that's the plan. If I don't get what I want, there's always a way around it.

"All the girls are saying they'll have the prosecco ready and we're staying at Lough Rynn Castle which is some way to celebrate.

Monaghan Rose Michelle Caulfield, Derry Rose Eiméar Anderson and Galway Rose Olga Lee clown around as the Roses visited RTE in Donnybrook
Monaghan Rose Michelle Caulfield, Derry Rose Eiméar Anderson and Galway Rose Olga Lee clown around as the Roses visited RTE in Donnybrook

"I'm not going out for my results as I'll be having a banquet dinner in a castle so I can't complain," she added.

The week-long festival involves quite a few outfit changes and Megan says she is delighted a local boutique are taking care of her wardrobe.

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"I was lucky enough to be sponsored by Skyfall in Gorey which is amazing," she said. "It's quite hard to get sponsorship so it's just a gift to be dressed from head-to-toe every day.

"We always rob each other's stuff, there's no cattiness - everyone is happy to share."

The Rose of Tralee festival was officially launched yesterday and the winner will be crowned next Tuesday.

Dáithí Ó Sé, who returns as host, said he doesn't pay any heed to the online detractors.

"There's people out there who never watch the Rose of Tralee, and there's nothing I can say in my lifetime that would ever convince them to watch it. So I always say, 'if you don't like it, there's a remote control'," he said.

"I don't pay any heed to the negative things people say about me. "I wouldn't have been like that a couple of years ago but now I really don't care."

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