Roses on a mystery tour
THE glamorous entrants in this year's Cork Rose contest were the centre of attention when they visited Geary's Bar, Charleville as part of a whirlwind tour of North Cork on last Saturday night and they partied the night away in the popular local pub.
It was all part of a Rose mystery tour, which started in Reardens in Cork city before mving on to Treacey's in Ballincollig, Mulls Bar in Mallow, then it was on to The Four Winds in Charleville - down the road to Collin's Bar in Milford, before making their way back again to Geary's In Charleville.
The tour doubled as an awareness and fund-raiser for the Friends of A charity. Friends Of A's aim is to raise money to fund ongoing research into cranial aneurysm research in memory of the 2010 Texas Rose of Tralee, the late Adrienne Hussey.
Leading the group was the winner of the Cork Rose contest, Milford lady Anna Geary, who will represent the city and county in the forthcoming 2014 Rose of Tralee contest in the Co. Kerry capital next month.
Being in the limelight is nothing new to the former St. Mary's Secondary School Charleville student, Anna, as she was the holder of ten All-Ireland Colleges Camogie medals at various levels before she even started winning All-Ireland medals with the Cork senior camogie team. After their stop-off in Mallow (see Page 20) the girls were met on arrival by members of Charleville Rugby Club, who presented each Rose with, appropriately enough, a red rose as they made their way into the bar, where they were addressed by club chairman Pa Leahy who welcomed them to Charleville and to Geary's Bar.
He wished Anna Geary every success in the upcoming Rose of Tralee contest in August and presented the star Cork and Milford camogie player with a bouquet of roses to mark the occasion.
C103fm DJ Eric Griffin kept the whole party moving as he played an eclectic selection of music for the packed house and Cork Rose organiser Bernadette Moloney, who hails from nearby Ballyhea, was ensuring that all the girls enjoyed themselves on the night.
A sober moment of the evening was when Anna Geary released balloons in memory of the 2011 International Rose of Tralee, the late Andrea Hussey the Texas Rose, who sadly died of a brain aneurism last year.
Adding another international flavour to the night was former Irish soccer international player, Dominic Foley, who presented Anna Geary with a Cork jersey from his range of sports clothing being marketed by his company, Levity Sports.
Elsewhere in the bar, Mike and Mary Maguire from Newtownshandrum and their sons Michael and Anthony, extended family and a large circle of friends were celebrating Mary's 50th birthday and, meanwhile, Laura O'Kelly from Ballyhea was also celebrating her 21st birthday with her party of family and friends.