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Tipperary Rose of Tralee – Search Officially Begun.

“New year, New you”. High interest as the search has begun to find the Next 2024 Tipperary Rose of Tralee.

Ms Aisling O’Donovan

This week Ms Aisling O’Donovan, latter reigning Tipperary Rose of Tralee, officially launched the search to find this year’s Rose of Tralee here in County Tipperary. It is going to be hard for the South Tipperary woman to hand on her title, especially having been the Tipperary Rose for the past two years. She remembers fondly her time as the Tipperary Rose and the last minute nudges of encouragement it took to allow her have one of the best two years of her life.

Ms O’Donovan says “Entering and becoming the Tipperary rose has been one of the proudest moments of my life so far. Being able to represent my county on a local, national, and International base is a fantastic feeling that words can’t even describe.
This was not only a personal growth and confidence level but the friendships I have made for life, along with the many, many reunions/ events I have attended over the years with my fellow roses and rose escorts; from the week in Tralee to the opening of the German Christmas Markets in Frankfort and our walking in the St Patrick’s day parade on Fifth Avenue New York. Although my reign has lasted two years it has also allowed the time to attend each other’s life events, including weddings and numerous getaways”.

Ms O’Donovan continued, “I would recommend this festival to anyone, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and so much more than what you see on TV. You get to meet so many amazing people, do some amazing things, and become an inspiration to so many girls and women. I would say to anyone that has ever thought about becoming a rose; don’t miss out on something great, because of fear; it’s your time, new year, new you, just apply”.

There is no better time to enter as the Tipperary Rose. Due to the gap caused by the pandemic and following the festivals latest new departure, there is an assurance that every Rose will enjoy a positive experience during her year as her region’s ambassador. The Festival organizers have revamped the selection process by removing the regional qualification process and increasing the age limit, so with no Tipperary Rose since 2022 and the next after this year will be 2026, interest is expected to be high.

Ciarán and the team that Co-ordinates the Tipperary event said: “Aisling has been a true lady and credit to her community throughout her extended time as reigning Tipperary rose of Tralee. She was a great ambassador for her family; County Tipperary, and South Tipperary in general and we want to thank everyone for getting behind her on her trip to Tralee. This year is a big year for the county as there are big changes, which will mean we will only have a Tipperary rose once every two years, so this year is a great and even better opportunity for every young lady to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience to the full.
We can confirm after the Covid break and the changes to the festival, the breaking news is that there WILL be a 2024 Tipperary Rose of Tralee selection final this year, with the event taking place on the 24st of March 2024 in the Anner Hotel, Thurles. Note closing date for entrants is the 2nd of March, with new direct entry to the Final night.

Changes mean there are now no regional final elements to the festival, so the chosen Tipperary Rose will go directly to the Stage Interview with the main presenter Mr Dáithí Ó Sé in the Dome in Tralee, Co. Kerry. The age limit has gone up a year to 29, so once you’ve not reached your 30th birthday by the 1st of September 2024, you are still in the competition.
Due to the pandemic and the biannual selection this means the Premier County did not have a Tipperary Rose since Ms O’Donovan, the 2022 Rose, and Tipperary won’t have one again till 2026; hence we need help to get that message out there, that the search is on for 2024 with only a six-week window to apply. This year there is no better time than now to give it a go and apply, so if YOU or anyone you know; or living in Tipperary, that you think would make a great Rose for county Tipperary in 2024; do pass the message along; all are welcome.

The chosen Tipperary Rose will travel “Via the Rose Tour” to the International Festival in Tralee, in August and will take part in all the parades, official events, and numerous public engagements at the festival from which 32 Roses will appear in the live selection broadcasts.

More information can be found by searching or DM “(@tipperaryroseoftralee)”, or by texting 086 3871635. Applications can be found via https://roseoftralee.ie/apply-to-the-rose-of-tralee/ .
Remember: The closing date will be the 2nd of March 2024 and the Tipperary selection will be held at the Anner Hotel, Thurles, on the 24th of March 2024.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival will be celebrated from Friday 16th – Tuesday 20th of August 2024.

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