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Search for Irish lads ‘man enough’ to be Rose Escorts

MARIA Walsh, the Rose of Tralee, has challenged the young men of Ireland to see if they have what it takes to be a Rose Escort at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival from 14-18 August.

The March 16th deadline is fast approaching for lads aged between 21 and 30 to apply to take part in a life-changing experience at one of the most famous international festivals in the world.

The primary role of a Rose Escort is to look after his Rose and ensure her time at the Festival is a memorable and enjoyable experience.

The successful candidates will take part in a team-building Boot Camp in June at a stunning location in Kerry and participate in Festival events in August including the Gala Rose Ball, Parades and five full days of entertainment.

The 2014 Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh, said: "I can guarantee that all of the lads who decide to sign up for this year’s Festival will have the time of their lives. While there are responsibilities that come with the role, they will all manage to have great craic in Tralee! The friendships made during the Festival are lasting!"

In order to be eligible to be a Rose Escort at the Rose of Tralee International Festival applicants must:
• Be male, 21 years of age by 1st January 2015 and not have reached your 31st birthday on or prior to 1st September 2015
• Be unmarried or never been married
• Be born in Ireland or of Irish origin by virtue of one of your ancestors having been born in Ireland
• Be available for Selection events and if selected be available for the International Festival events from 14th to 18th August 2015 in Tralee.

One of the 32 Rose Escorts will be announced as the Newbridge Silverware Escort of the Year live on RTE One television on Monday 17th August.

The 2014 Newbridge Silverware Escort of the Year, Conor Walsh, said: "Becoming a Rose Escort in 2013 and again in 2014 has proven to be one of the best decisions of my life. Words cannot describe the amount of fun, laughter and once-in-a-lifetime experiences I have gone through. It has given me the opportunity to meet so many new and interesting people from all over the world and it is something for which I will always be grateful."

Each candidate will be charged an application fee and should he be chosen as a Rose Escort, he will be required to obtain sponsorship.

Lads who are man enough to apply for the job of a lifetime as a Rose of Tralee Escort can do so at www.roseoftralee.ie before Monday 16th March or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Search for 2015 Rose of Tralee starts as Maria spends Women’s Christmas with Dáithí

MARIA Walsh has travelled over 65,000 miles, more than the earth’s circumference, since becoming the Rose of Tralee, and she will travel hundreds more over the coming fortnight in a bid to find the 2015 Rose of Tralee.

Maria celebrated Women’s Christmas at The Loop in Cork Airport with RTÉ Host Dáithí Ó Sé where they announced details of her upcoming tour of Ireland which will see her visit schools, charities and iconic landmarks.

On Monday 12th January, travelling in her Kia Soul car, Maria will set off from the home of the Festival’s lead sponsor, Newbridge Silverware to visit 32 counties in 15 days to encourage young women to take part in a life-changing event.

It’s never been easier to enter the Rose of Tralee - online at www.roseoftralee.ie or by following the links from Facebook and Twitter.

An estimated 1000 women aged between 18 and 27 will follow through on their Rose of Tralee applications and take part in selection events across Ireland and in 11 countries around the world this year.

Maria Walsh, who became the 56th International Rose of Tralee last August, said: “I never expected to hear Dáithí call out ‘Philadelphia’ in the Dome and to be honest, I can’t really find one word impactful enough to share how extraordinary it has been ever since. It has indeed been a busy few months meeting people on my travels to Ireland, India and South Africa and on all of these journeys I have shared my wonderful experiences of the Rose of Tralee International Festival. I’m looking forward to welcoming many more people into the Rose of Tralee family over the coming weeks and months.”

The 2015 Rose of Tralee will win the a treasure trove of Newbridge Jewellery and Homeware from the lead sponsors, Newbridge Silverware, a World Travel Prize valued at €25,000 from The Loop at Dublin and Cork Airports and she’ll drive a Kia Soul car for the year of her reign, courtesy of Kia Motors Ireland and McElligotts Kia, Tralee.

60 Roses who will be selected at their local county, city or national event will go forward to represent their Rose Centres at the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival in Portlaoise, Co Laois in May.

A total of 32 Roses will grace the stage in the Dome during the two televised selection nights as part of the Rose of Tralee International Festival in August.

Since being crowned as the 2014 Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh has travelled to Kolkata, India with the Hope Foundation, South Africa with Niall Melon Trust, walked the many stalls at the Ploughing Championship, stood on the green field of Croke Park wearing the Mayo colours and has spoken to many young people.

From the outset, Maria has captured the imagination and interest of the Irish media appearing on the Late Late Show and the New Year’s Eve Live programmes on RTÉ, the cover of all national newspapers and various print publications.

She will travel to Belarus with Chernobyl Children’s International in February, New York & Washington DC in March and down under to Australia in May.

The 2015 Rose of Tralee International Festival will take place from Friday 14th to Tuesday 18th August.

Full details on how to enter the Rose of Tralee in 2015 are available from www.RoseofTralee.ie, Facebook and Twitter or contact +353-66-7121322.

‘Tweet’ smell of success for Festival on Twitter

‘Tweet’ smell of success as Rose of Tralee is Ireland’s most popular TV programme on Twitter

TWITTER machines went into overload at the RaboTweeties Awards when the Rose of Tralee on RTÉ won the award for being the TV programme that most people Tweeted about this year.

The event saw awards presented to recipients in a number of categories ranging from TweetiePic to TweetieMusic and the Rose of Tralee came out on top in the TweetieTV Category for the second year-in-a-row.

Rebecca Kemp and Anna O’Donoghue from the Rose of Tralee International Festival’s Social Media team were in Dublin to accept the award last Thursday night.

It’s the second social media award for the Rose of Tralee International Festival in as many weeks after winning the Best Social Media Campaign Award at the Annual AOIFE (Association of Irish Festivals & Events) Conference in Ballinasloe, Co Galway.

The General Manager of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Oliver Hurley, said: “The power of social media has been harnessed by our team in recent years and it has played a key role in generating more awareness of the Festival all year round. We have had shift our mind-set to embrace the rapidly-changing area of social media while maintaining strong links to traditional media such as print and broadcast media. The two recent awards are a testament to our team’s ability to move with the times and how our festival continues to appeal to a mass audience.”

Nearly 11,000 people follow @roseoftralee_ on Twitter with tweets reaching over one million people.

The number of fans and friends of the Rose of Tralee on Facebook is now in excess of 130,000 with nearly 40,000 fans on the main Festival page – www.Facebook.com/RoseofTraleeFestival.

The dates for next year’s Rose of Tralee have been confirmed and the event will take place from Friday 14th to Tuesday 18th August 2015. The Rose of Tralee Regional Festival will again be staged in Portlaoise, Co Laois from Thursday 28th to Sunday 30th May 2015.

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