The search has begun for the 2016 Galway Rose, who will be guaranteed a place at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.
The 2015 Galway Rose Olga Lee recently joined forces with Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan to launch the search for the 2016 Galway Rose, which takes place on the 7 May at the Galway Rose sponsor hotel, The Clayton Hotel, Galway.
For the past 11 years the Galway Rose had to travel to Portlaoise at the end of May to take part in a qualifying event to try and make it through to the televised stages of Ireland’s top festival. Only 32 Roses can be accommodated on live TV and, until now, it wasn’t feasible for the organisers to accommodate the full inclusion of the other 38 Roses at the Festival in Tralee.
The Galway Rose Centre has announced however that whoever is selected to be the next Galway Rose will be guaranteed a place at the 2016 Rose of Tralee.
Taking place from 17 to 23 August, the 2016 Rose of Tralee International Festival will run for seven days featuring almost 70 Roses. Denis Griffin from the Galway Rose Centre said, “This is great news for anyone who considers entering the 2016 Galway Rose selection. Whoever is picked as the 2016 Galway Rose in May will travel to Tralee in August. Such is the continued success of the Rose of Tralee on TV, RTÉ are introducing a third night of Rose of Tralee TV coverage.”
All the Roses who travel to Tralee will take part in all the parades, Rose Ball, public engagements and a qualifying event over two nights in the Dome from which 32 Roses will be chosen to appear in the live broadcasts.
This is a great incentive for more young women aged 18-27 to enter the Galway Rose event this year.
As Olga Lee reflects on her year to date as the Galway Rose she describes the whole experience as “unforgettable”. “The people I have met, the causes I have helped and the friends I have made, have made this the most rewarding experience you can imagine and I would encourage any girl to get involved.” Olga still attends many functions across the county, as the 2015 Galway Rose. To find out more about entering the Galway Rose Selection, call/text 087-1474100, email gal firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on Facebook at Galway Rose Centre.