Wednesday 23 January 2019

Search for 2018 Louth Rose begins

Olivia Ryan

The 2018 Louth Rose will be crowned in a selection night later this month, with potential Roses across the county now invited to apply.

The 2017 Rose, Dundalk woman Aoife Heffron will hand over the sash and crown to the new Louth Rose on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 in the Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford.

It's been an incredible year for Aoife who has represented her county around Ireland, and across the world.

Having led Louth's hopes in the International Rose of Tralee festival in what she described as 'an extraordinary experience' Aoife used her role to raise the profile of many charitable organisations, including the LSPCSA, Pieta House, and the Little Princess Trust.

And in February she travelled to Belarus to volunteer at the International Chernobyl Children's orphanage.

An 'emotional, life changing trip,' said Aoife. 'It was absolutely the highlight of my time as Louth Rose.'

She added: 'I'd really emphasise to anyone who is thinking of going for the Rose of Tralee this year to do it, as this experience alone will make all of it worthwhile.'

Rose of Tralee regional selections are currently taking place all over the world and anyone interested in entering the Louth Rose of Tralee event can do so online at

As the lead sponsor of the Rose of International Festival, Tipperary Crystal will present, the 2018 Rose of Tralee with a complete collection of Tipperary Crystal Fine Jewellery, a range of high-quality products from their Giftware and Homeware Collections. The new Rose of Tralee will be crowned with the splendid tiara featuring the Rose motif.

The 2018 Rose of Tralee Festival will run from Friday 17th to Tuesday 21st August.

Drogheda Independent