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Saturday 20 December 2014

Rose of Tralee is a popular visitor

Olivia Ryan

Published 29/01/2014 | 05:20

ROSE of Tralee Haley O'Sullivan made a whistlestop tour of Dundalk on Monday where she met some of her youngest fans.

ROSE of Tralee Haley O'Sullivan made a whistlestop tour of Dundalk on Monday where she met some of her youngest fans.

The Texan beauty queen was welcomed by Louth Rose Sarah McCrave and Jonny McGailey, Rose of Tralee 'Escort of the Year'.

The Roses made their way to the CBS primary to meet some of the school kids, perhaps inspiring one or two Roses of the future.

'It was a wonderful morning for Haley and Sarah at the CBS,' said Rose of Tralee spokesman Brendan Galvin.

'They had a great reception from the girls in particular, who were all wearing their own little tiaras. When one girl didn't have hers, Haley gave her the Rose crown to try on which made her day!'

He explained that the reigning Rose is currently on a tour of the country, north and south, and was helping to launch the competition for the 2014 event.

'The wonderful reigning Louth Rose Sarah McCrave does not want to give up her crown, but unfortunately it is getting close to the time where it is the turn of some other lucky Louth girl to experience the magic of the Rose of Tralee,' said Brendan.

He added that the search for the new Louth Rose has already begun.

'Participating girls will be guaranteed a fantastic experience with loads of fun and thrills during the course of the Louth selection,' added Brendan.

'We are also proud to have the current Newbridge Silverware Escort of the year, Jonny McGailey from Dundalk. And yes girls, he is single! Jonny will be involved in the Louth centre this year to and will be advising the girls on what to do and what not to do.'

Brendan explained that contrary to popular belief, party pieces or talents are not needed to enter the Rose of Tralee.

'They are not part of the judging process in any way. Indeed three out of the past five Louth roses did not do a party piece. Girls must be between the ages of 18 and 27, must be of Irish origin, and never have been married.'

This year's selection will be held in The Fairways Hotel on May 2nd and applications and queries are being accepted by the Louth Rose of Tralee centre through Facebook or email rose.louth@gmail.com

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