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Sunday 24 September 2017

Louth Rose off to Tralee

Louth Rose hosts going away party

Louth Rose, Aoife Heffron, with boyfriend, Kevin White at Aoife's 'Rose of Tralee send-off night' in The Rum House
Louth Rose, Aoife Heffron, with boyfriend, Kevin White at Aoife's 'Rose of Tralee send-off night' in The Rum House
Marion Heffron, Louth Rose Aoife Heffron, Holly Lambe and Eamonn Sally at Aoife's 'Rose of Tralee send-off night' in The Rum House
Louth Rose, Aoife Heffron, with work colleagues from BoyleSports at Aoife's 'Rose of Tralee send-off night' in The Rum House. Included are, Ailbhe Glesson, Caít Beggan, Catriona McLoughlin and Gina Rundle

Olivia Ryan

Louth Rose Aoife Heffron hosted her big 'send off' party at the Rum House in Park Street last weekend as she prepared to set off on her day tour with the Rose of Tralee!

Surrounded by family and friends, she was thrilled to enjoy a night at hone before she begins a hectic itinerary of public events during the next few weeks.

Aoife also began rallying her supporters to join her in the Dome on Thursday 17th August at the Rose of Tralee International Festival from 16 to 22 August.

She will be among 64 Roses from all over the world to take part in this year's Festival.

Aoife, 27, a PR Executive and Communications in Creative Media graduate from Dundalk explained some of the reasons why she decided to take part in the Rose of Tralee event.

'My main hobby is my blog AoifeJane.

I started the blog in April 2016 as a way to discuss my struggles with hair loss as a woman and the mental health effects that go along with it.

I want to create awareness for this common problem and use the blog as an environment that hair loss sufferers can come to for information and support.'

'It's hard to put into words what it took for me to fill out the application to be the Louth Rose 2017. I have regained much needed confidence, through my blog and what I like to call my 'hair makeup'.'

She added 'Then to have actually become the Louth Rose, after telling my story to everyone, is genuinely heartwarming and an incredible honour.'

Prior to arriving in Tralee, Aoife will embark on a three-day tour taking in some of Ireland's top tourism landmarks in County Kildare including the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens, The K Club, Lullymore and Kildare Village.

She will be among the 64 Roses staying at the magnificent Glenroyal Hotel and Leisure Club in Maynooth.

In Dublin, the Roses will visit Ireland's top visitor attraction, Guinness Storehouse and Malahide Castle.

When Aoife and the Roses arrive in Kerry, they will sample some of the most famous scenery and tourist attractions in the world in Tralee, Dingle, Killarney and Kenmare and they will stay at the luxurious Rose Hotel in Tralee, home to the Roses for the duration of the Festival.

Once again, only 32 Roses can be accommodated in the live RTÉ TV selections with Dáithí Ó Sé on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd August and this year's qualifying judging process will take place before the Roses arrive in Tralee.

As the Lead Sponsor of the Rose of International Festival, Tipperary Crystal will present, the 2017 Rose of Tralee with a complete collection of Tipperary Crystal Fine Jewellery, a range of high quality products from their Giftware and Homeware Collections.

She'll wear the splendid new tiara featuring the Rose motif as the central framework, adorned in glistening crystals and the exquisitely crafted Crystal Perpetual Trophy.

Anyone who wishes to travel to Tralee to support their favourite Rose in the Dome or to enjoy any of the live music entertainment during the Festival can purchase tickets from www.roseoftralee.ie.

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