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Six great reasons why you should apply to be a Rose Escort

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is an historic Festival that celebrates Irish heritage and culture, and one of the key roles at the festival is that of the Rose Escort. If you’re a young man considering applying for this unique opportunity, here are just some of the reasons you should go for it:

1. A Unique Cultural Experience:

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is a celebration of Irish culture and heritage, and being a Rose Escort will allow you to immerse yourself in this rich cultural experience. From traditional music and dance to meeting our Roses and Rose Escorts with Irish heritage from abroad, you’ll have the chance to learn and appreciate all aspects of Irish culture during your time as a Rose Escort.

2. Networking Opportunities:

As a Rose Escort, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and connect with a diverse range of people with shared Irish heritage, including the Roses themselves, festival organisers, sponsors, and attendees from around the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to travel to international events during the year. Last year’s class recently visited New York and took part in the city’s famous St Patrick’s Day Parade! Events like these can be a great networking opportunity that may open doors for future personal and professional connections. Along with the glamour of black-tie events, the Festival also includes social events and gatherings where Rose Escorts can interact in a more relaxed setting. These events provide a platform for Rose Escorts to socialise, get to know each other better, and form friendships that extend beyond the festival.

3. Personal Growth:

Personal Growth: Participating as a Rose Escort can be a transformative experience that helps you grow personally and develop important life skills such as communication, teamwork, confidence and adaptability. Throughout the Bootcamp, Festival and indeed at events throughout the year, Rose Escorts are often involved in collaborative activities, such as rehearsals, parades, community engagements, and social events. These activities provide opportunities for Rose Escorts and Roses to work together, support each other, and build connections through shared experiences.

4. Community Engagement:

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is not just a fun event but also a platform for community engagement and charitable causes. As a Rose Escort, you’ll be involved in various community activities and events, giving back to the community and making a positive impact. Our Roses and Rose Escorts also contribute to international causes. This year, the Rose of Tralee International Festival partnered with Happy Kids Foundation and Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International on a trip dedicated to aid orphaned children of war-torn Ukraine. Along with a group of Roses, five Rose Escorts volunteered at three safe houses for orphans in the Polish city of Łódź. These safe houses are three of a total of eighteen around Poland, that provide shelter and support for children up to the age of 16 years, with some children having special needs, and many of whom were traumatised from the effects of the war in Ukraine.

5. Lifetime memories:

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and being a Rose Escort will provide you with unforgettable memories that you’ll cherish for years to come. From the Rose Escort Bootcamp and the live RTE television show, to festival parades and attending dinner dances with the Roses, you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime.

6. The Craic:

Last but not least, being Rose Escort is a fun and exciting experience! You’ll be part of a vibrant and lively atmosphere, surrounded by music, laughter, and the beauty of the festival. From accompanying your Rose to various cultural and social events, to participating in the Rose Parades, the live television show nights and taking in all the Festival has to offer, you’ll be at the centre of all the action!

Applying to be a Rose Escort is a unique opportunity that offers a mix of cultural enrichment, personal growth, friendship-building and unforgettable experiences. If you’re a young man looking for a chance to be part of something special this summer, don’t hesitate to apply and become a part of this iconic Irish tradition. Who knows, you might just end up being the next Rose Escort of the Year! 

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The Rose of Tralee International Festival is proudly supported by Fáilte Ireland.

“Fáilte Ireland is pleased to support this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. Festivals and events present an excellent opportunity to showcase the rich heritage and unique culture that Ireland has to offer. They are also important drivers of tourism revenue across the country, particularly in areas that are outside of the traditional tourism hotspots. Developing unique and immersive visitor experiences like Rose of Tralee International Festival play a key role in motivating both international and domestic visitors to choose a destination, while helping drive the sustainable development of the tourism sector for the county and the wider region.” – Ciara Sugrue, Head of Festivals & Events, Failte Ireland

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