Louth Rose getting ready to fight for her spot in Tralee
LOUTH Rose Ciara Soraghan is rallying her supporters to follow her to Portlaoise for the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival from May 29 to June 1.
Rose of Tralee Host Dáithí Ó Sé will interview each of the 60 Roses over three nights before two judging panels select 23 Roses to go forward to the International Festival in Tralee next August.
'It's been a wonderful few weeks since being selected as the Louth Rose and the next stop is Portlaoise for the Regional Festival,' said Ciara. 'I am really excited to see what's in store for the weekend. I am most looking forward to meeting the other 59 Roses and Dáithí Ó Sé.'
Throughout the June Bank Holiday weekend in Laois, the Roses will take part in three selection nights at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, enjoy an Irish music evening at the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise as well as a vintage car parade, funfair, street disco and a visit to the magnificent Castle Durrow.
Roses representing 29 counties in Ireland, 13 regions in the United States of America, Scotland and eight major cities in England, Melbourne, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman, Canada, Luxembourg and Germany will all take part in the Regional Festival.
23 Roses will go forward to the Rose of Tralee International Festival where they will be joined in August by Roses from Kerry, Cork, Dublin, Sydney, New Zealand, Darwin, Perth, Queensland and South Australia.
This year's Rose of Tralee International Festival will take place from 15 to 19 August.