The search to find this year’s Rose of Tralee in County Clare is now underway.
Although its going to be hard for secondary school teacher Clara Burke to hand on her title, she remembers fondly her time as the Clare rose and the last minute nudge of encouragement it took to allow her have one of the best years of her life.
Clara said: “Entering and becoming the Clare rose has been one of the proudest moments of my life, being able to represent my county on a local, national and international bases is an amazing feeling that words just can’t describe.
This is not only on a personal growth and confidence level but also the many many reunions/ events I have attended over the year with my fellow roses and rose escorts, from the week in Tralee to the opening of the German Christmas Markets in Frankfort and our planned walking of the St Patrick’s day parade in Fifth Avenue New York.”
Clara continues: “I would recommend this to any one. You get to meet so many amazing people, do some amazing things and become an inspiration to so many girls and women, so I would say to anyone that has ever taught about becoming a rose, don’t miss out on something great just because of fear, it’s your time.”
There is no better time to enter as the Clare rose as in a new departure, to ensure that every Rose enjoys the ultimate positive experience during her year as her region’s ambassador, the Festival organisers have revamped the selection process by removing the regional qualification process and increasing the age limit.
So from 2019, each Centre will select a Rose bi-annually, such that only 32 Roses will be hosted in Tralee and will be assured of a live Dome appearance on RTÉ at the International Festival, Roses representing Kerry, Cork and Dublin will continue to be selected every year while a Rose will represent County Clare every second year only from 2019.
Ciarán O’ Connell, Co-ordinator of the Clare event, said: “Clara has been a great ambassador for her family, County Clare and west Clare in general and we want to thank everyone for getting behind her. This year is a big year for the county as there are big changes afoot which will mean we will only have a Clare rose once every two years, but for this year this is a great and even better opportunity for any young lady to really enjoy this once in a life time experience in the full.”
Ciarán added: “I can confirm the 2019 Clare rose will now be assured of a Live tv appearance with Daithi in August 2019. This change will also mean we in the county will have a gap year in 2020 (the first time since 2005) But we believe it will better everyone’s experience in general. I am also delighted to announce that the festival has taken in to consideration that these changes may disturb some pre-existing plans for some Clare women, (who nearing the age limit, or even roses that just missed out on last year’s entry who had planned to pushed out there entry for the 2019/20 festival ) and have extended the age limit to 29 to aid this.”
So From 2019 The selection is open to all females between (18 years of age by January 1st 2019 and will not have reached your 29th birthday on or prior to September 1st 2019), who are of Irish ancestry or citizenship and be unmarried or never been married and who would like to represent County Clare weather living in the county or who are working outside the county or the country.
The chosen Clare rose will travel “via the Rose tour” to the international festival in Tralee in August and will take part in all the parades, Rose Ball, Munster’s largest fashion show and numerous public engagements at the festival from which 32 Roses will appear in the live selection broadcasts.
More info can be found by searching “Clare rose centre” Or texting 086 3871635, Applications can be found via www.roseoftralee.ie/apply . The closing date will be the 1st of March 2019 and the Clare selection will be on at the Inn at Dromoland the 30th of March 2019.
The Rose of Tralee International Festival will celebrate 60 Years from Friday 23rd – Tuesday 27th August 2019.