Offaly Rose to be selected in Birr

THE reigning Rose of Tralee, Clare Kamabamettu visited the Midlands earlier this week to launch this year’s Offaly Rose search.

THE reigning Rose of Tralee, Clare Kamabamettu visited the Midlands earlier this week to launch this year’s Offaly Rose search.

Clare, accompanied by current Offaly Rose Arlene Kelly, posed for photographs at Birr County Arms Hotel, the new venue for this year’s Offaly Rose Final.

The reigning Rose of Tralee, Clare Kamabamettu, said, “The whole experience from becoming the London Rose through to the Rose Tour and the Rose of Tralee International Festival itself was amazing. The past year I have been invited to and involved in some extraordinary events from being guest of honour at a civic reception thrown in my honour in my home town of Athy to receiving a personal invitation from Mr. Obama and his wife Michelle, to join them at the White House for their St Patrick’s Day festivities. 

“Here in Offaly I had the pleasure of attending the launch this week in Birr County Arms with the current Offaly Rose Arlene Kelly. I wish each of the Offaly entrants the best of luck at the selection night”.

The 2010 Offaly Rose will be chosen on Friday, May 6, at 8pm in the County Arms. Applications have been pouring in with over 20 girls expected to take to the stage.

“New to the Offaly selection process this year we have 20 Escorts from around the county, displaying their gentlemanly manners and pride of their county,” explains Tullamore Man Steve Cronly, a former Escort of the Year himself and the current Commercial Manager for the Rose of Tralee competition. “One gentleman will be selected at the Offaly Rose Final to represent his County in Boot Camp to be held in June with the opportunity to represent Offaly as an International Escort in the world famous Dome in Tralee in August.”

Arlene Kelly, current Offaly Rose said “It was an honour to represent my county for the year and has been a wonderful experience.

“To have been chosen as the Offaly Rose was the most exciting thing imaginable and from the moment I was selected I threw myself 100% into the role. Putting together the wardrobe was great fun and I got a lot of help from many local businesses. I was invited to many events, most of them fundraisers for very worthwhile projects.”

It is now seven years since Offaly first gained entry into the Rose of Tralee, allowing Offaly ladies to represent their own county and all five of the previous Roses will be in attendance in May to support the new 2011 Offaly Rose on the road to Tralee.

The winning Rose will go forward to the Irish Regional Final in Portlaoise on the June Bank Holiday weekend where she will partake with 29 other Irish county roses and 28 roses from around the world for the opportunity to take part in the live final in Tralee.

For more information please contact Steve on 086 2505791 or email