Search begins for 2013 Offaly Rose of Tralee

The search has begun for the Offaly Rose of Tralee for 2013. This year the Offaly Rose selection will take place on Friday, May 3 at the Tullamore Court Hotel.

The search has begun for the Offaly Rose of Tralee for 2013. This year the Offaly Rose selection will take place on Friday, May 3 at the Tullamore Court Hotel.

The Roses will appear on stage to speak with MC Brendan Hennessy and get the opportunity to perform their party pieces. All entrants will be interviewed by a judging panel prior to Selection night.

You don’t need to win the Lotto to be treated like a Princess, but any young woman who enters the 2013 Offaly Rose selection will get the royal treatment and be in with a chance to become the 2013 Rose of Tralee .

A €25,000 world travel prize fund, the use of a brand new car for the year, a treasure trove of Newbridge Jewellery and a chance to become an Ambassador for Offaly and Ireland await the next Rose of Tralee.

The 2012 Offaly Rose, Sharon Touhey, commented, “My year as the Offaly Rose 2013, is one I will remember forever. The night I received my sash it was obvious to me that the Rose of Tralee was more than a competition, and I had become part of a huge family. I have made new friends from all around Ireland and throughout world, with open invites to travel and visit. The Rose of Tralee festival presents a huge number of opportunities to its Roses of which one could not even dream of and is something I would encourage all girls to take part in. Not for the competition or winning but the fun you’ll have along the way.”

Sharon’s chosen charity is ‘Signforfun’, an exciting charity aimed at raising awarenessfor Irish sign languageand the deaf culture. The website encourages people to learn Irish sign language through fun videos, signed songs and games all done on ISL, subtitles and spoken in English.

The Offaly Rose Centre is proud to invite your community to nominate an entrant in the Offaly Rose of Tralee Selection 2013. The winning Rose will represent Offaly at the Regional Festival in June in Portlaoise.

The key target market at this event is the 18-28 year old market in additional to a generic target audience consisting of friends, family and Offaly’s elite community support accumulating a substantial representation at all events both selection wise and our widely publicised high profile social events.

This event would not only raise the profile of your area and community,it would also highlight your patronage and support of this Internationally renowned Irish festival representing the elite of Irish Ladies, their heritage, passion, elegance and ambition.

Local businesses, sports organisations and professional groupings are being invited to take part in what promises to be a memorable Offaly Rose selection event and application forms are now available from

For more information please call Emer on 085 7196436 /Damian on 087 7727454 or email Steve at

This is a wonderful opportunity for your community and for Offaly to become a part of the 2012 International Rose of Tralee Festival. The fee for nominating an entrant is €250 and the entrant will carry the name of your Community/Area on her sash throughout the many events which will be held during the county selection.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival has successfully connected the global Irish community since 1959 and it continues to draw strength from local communities throughout Ireland.

Could there be a fairytale ending for the 2013 Offaly Rose when the 2012 Rose of Tralee is crowned on Tuesday 20th August in the Festival Dome live on RTÉ 1 television?

The Rose of Tralee International Festival will take place from 14th to 20th August 2013, while the Irish Regional Festival will take place in Portlaoise from May 30th – June 3rd 2013.