The names of the 23 Roses who will travel to Tralee for the 2015 Rose of Tralee International Pageant were announced last night at the end of the last ever Regional Festival in Co Laois.
There were are a couple of firsts for some regions – Elysha Brennan (22) from Bettystown, Co Meath became the first ever Meath Rose to make it through to Tralee and Shannon Kelahan-Pierson (21), the first ever Southern Carolina Rose, will also travel to Tralee in August.
56 Roses from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Britain, Germany, Luxembourg and the Middle East were treated to a four-day festival in County Laois complete with Civic Reception, Classic Car Parade, Music & Street Market Festival and the Laois County Fleadh.
RTÉ Rose of Tralee Selection Host, Dáithí Ó Sé, said: “The Roses who have been chosen to progress to the televised selection in Tralee will be amazed by the sheer scale of the pageantry and excitement of the Festival in the Kingdom. The Rose of Tralee is a major focal point in Irish communities all over the world that draws people together. The Rose of Tralee is the single biggest thread that ties the whole Irish Diaspora together and that’s one of the reasons why the Rose of Tralee is one of the biggest festivals in the world. The event in Tralee is the culmination of a lengthy process to find the next Rose of Tralee.”
The Chief Executive of Laois County Council, Gerry Murphy, said: “It was an honour to once again host, albeit for the final time, such a prestigious event on the Irish Festivals calendar. The fun and excitement that the Roses experienced would not have been possible without the support of our local sponsors.”
The 23 Roses who have qualified for the televised selection will be joined by the Kerry, Dublin and Cork Roses as well as six Roses from Australia and New Zealand in the Dome next August.
This year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival will run from Friday 14 to Tuesday 18 August and will feature an exciting programme of entertainment for all the family.
The line-up will feature Hometown, StereoKicks, Nathan Carter, The Riptide Movement, Hudson Taylor, Sharon Shannon and the Kilfenora Céilí Band as well as the Rose of Tralee Fashion Show, Rose Ball and Televised Selection nights.
Tickets to Dome events will go on sale from www.RoseofTralee.ie on Monday 8th June, while tickets for the Street Carnival entertainment are already on sale via the website.
For more information about the Rose of Tralee International Festival, visit www.RoseofTralee.ie or follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.
Full list of Roses on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roseoftraleefestival?ref=tn_tnmn