Seventeen hopefuls, including eight from South Tipperary, will battle it out for the title of Tipperary Rose this week (Friday, April 4), at the Anner Hotel in Thurles.
The 2014 Tipperary Rose selection event will see one of the seventeen go forward to represent the county in the regional finals in Portlaoise in June, and hopefully, make it to the Dome in Tralee for the main event in August.
Celebrating 55 years in 2014, the Rose of Tralee is one of the longest running festivals in the country, connecting Irish communities and diaspora from all around the world.
Current Rose of Tralee, the Texas Rose, Hayley O’Sullivan will travel to Thurles this Friday as special guest for the Tipperary heat, along with a number of county Roses.
Deric Hartigan, 3e weather presenter, will MC the exciting night’s proceedings while Thurles band The Fallen Semis will provide excellent entertainment.
The overall winner will receive a collection of Newbridge Silverware, and other prizes.
But the ultimate reward will be the chance to get a step closer to the 2014 Rose of Tralee.
In 2005, Rose of Tralee selection centres were opened up to the 32 counties for the first time ever, and over the past seven years the Tipperary Rose selection night has grown from just nine Rose entrants and a crowd of 100, to 17 entrants and a 250-strong crowd last year.
“This is a great county Tipperary event,” said Ciarán O’Connell, chairperson of the 2014 Tipperary Rose, and organiser for the past seven years.
“For the past seven years the Tipperary selection night has consistently grown to a bigger and bigger county Tipperary event.”
Tickets for this Friday’s selection night are €20, available from your local Rose and the Anner Hotel, and will also be available on the night.
Proceeds from a raffle on the night will go charity.
The 2014 Tipperary Rose was launched last week in Thurles, before Rose entrants received a tour of the Rock of Cashel and Holycross Abbey.