Friday 18 October 2019

Forget the Rose of Tralee... one Irish GAA club's unique fundraiser is the one to win

Reigning Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh
Reigning Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Forget the Rose of Tralee, this year’s Kerry festival is set to be outshone by one GAA club’s unique fundraising idea.

St Patrick’s GAA Club’s ‘Rose of Hurley’ is causing a stir in the north Kilkenny town of Ballyragget.

The club committee said they were looking for a ‘fundraiser with a difference’ when they came up with the idea.

Roses will be treated to hair and makeup for the big night, a sponsor to provide the 'gúna deas', an escort from the club’s renowned selection of gentlemen… and will be in the running for a €1,000 prize.

 “We were trying to think of a fundraiser with a difference, to steer away from the Strictly Come Dancing events, people are getting tired of the same things,” St Patrick’s GAA Club committee member John Glennon told

“It’s our first year doing it and we don’t know of anyone else who has done it yet.

“We were hopping names and ideas at the meeting and we thought of the ‘Rose of Hurley’.

“The winning Rose gets €1,000 and the winning escort, not necessarily hers, will get a €500 prize.

“The Rose has nothing at all to do only to have a bubbly personality and to have some sort of connection to Ballyragget, it could be as small as knowing somebody in the parish.

“We’ll sort the sponsors and the escorts and everything will be taken care of for her, it will all be a bit of fun.”

The club, which won the AIB GAA All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championship in 2012, are currently accepting applications from over-18s and will decide on 16 Roses to take to the ‘Rose of Hurley’ stage this coming November.

Each Rose will have five minutes on stage to shine and can perform a talent if they wish.

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