THE search for this year's Kerry Rose has gotten underway and already organisers have received applications from all over the county.
The 2012 Kerry Rose Selection night will take on May 11 at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee.
Rose of Tralee compere Dáithí Ó Sé will host proceedings and will be interviewing the contenders on stage.
The lucky lady chosen as the 2012 Kerry Rose will represent the Kingdom of Kerry for the year, will attend an all-expenses paid week at the Rose of Tralee International Festival and will receive numerous prizes sponsored by local businesses.
The winner will take over the mantle from current Kerry Rose Síle Ní Dheargain who has had a busy year since being named as the 2011 Kerry Rose.
She recently returned from a trip to an orphanage in Chernobyl with her fellow Roses and Escorts from 2011 where they were given a tour of the area affected by the disaster by Adi Roche.
Síle was also in New York with the 2011 International Roses and Escorts to take part in the St Patrick's Day's Parade through the city.
An Information evening for anyone interested in taking part will be held at Tralee's Imperial Hotel this Sunday, April 22 from 5pm.
Alternatively the Kerry Rose Centre can be contacted at 087 1474100 or by email at kerryrosecentre@gmail. com