Searching for Roses and escorts

ELEGANT, sophisticated, ambitious, passionate, friendly, a true lady - combine this fabulous cocktail of characteristics and what you will discover is the Offaly Rose 2011. So says Steve Cronly, Rose of Tralee National Co-coordinator.

ELEGANT, sophisticated, ambitious, passionate, friendly, a true lady - combine this fabulous cocktail of characteristics and what you will discover is the Offaly Rose 2011. So says Steve Cronly, Rose of Tralee National Co-coordinator.

Sporting and business organisations, social groups, community groups and social venues from around the county are encouraged to put forward a Rose entrant. The fee for entering/nominating an entrant is €250 and the entrant will carry the name of your company/business on her sash through the many events which will be held during the county selection.

This year the Offaly selection will be hosted and sponsored by Birr County Arms Hotel on Friday, May 6. Roses will appear on stage to speak with the MC and get an opportunity to do a party piece of their choice if they so wish.

All entrants will be interviewed by a judging panel prior to Rose Ball Selection night.

Once the Offaly Rose has been selected she will continue on to the Regional Final which will be held in June, and from this event a number of roses will go through to the International Event in August.

Once again the winning Rose in each county will receive a range of prizes from the Rose Centre including a selection of Newbridge Silverware.

The Irish Regional Final, hosted by Daithi O’Shea, will take place in Portlaoise at the Heritage Hotel from Friday June 3 through to Monday June 6. To enter: Simply complete an application form and return it with entry fee of €250 by Monday April 25.

New to the Offaly selection process this year, the organisers are inviting escorts from around the county, displaying their gentlemanly manners and pride of their county. One gentleman will be selected this to represent Offaly in the Irish Regional Escort Final.

Previously a budding escort had to find sponsorship of €2,500 to be in with a chance of chaperoning a Rose for Ireland’s biggest festival – this time organisers are throwing the net far and wide in a bid to find Ireland’s most eligible single men – and it could be you for just €100.

So if you are unattached (but not afraid of commitment), a complete gentleman (but with a wicked sense of humour), well mannered (but with a touch of the devil) but above all, know how to treat a lady, or you know someone who would be perfect for the job, then simply log onto www.roseoftralee.ie and download an application form or telephone 086 2505791. Closing date for receipt of application is Monday April 25. Escorts must be between 21 & 30 years of age. For further information contact Steve on steve@roseoftralee.ie; Or call Emer on 085 7196436.

Forthcoming Rose heats in Offaly are: Thursday, April 14 Brewery Tap, Tullamore. Contact Paul Bell. Saturday April 16 Hennessy’s Pub, Ferbane. Contact Vincent Byrne. Sunday April 17 Manor Lounge, Tullamore. Contact Joe Gallagher.