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A Rose by any other name

WOULD-be Roses of Tralee from across Clare took part in a county-wide tour on Saturday ahead of the selection of the 2012 Clare Rose this Friday night.
The tour started in Ennis town before stopping off in Corofin, en route to Father Ted’s house in Kilnaboy. From there the women travelled to Kilrush where they were treated to a VIP tour of the Vandeleur Walled Gardens and a visit to Shannon Ferries in Killimer before returning to Ennis for a night out.
The Clare Rose of Tralee selection takes place at The West County Hotel, Ennis, this Friday night at 8pm, with pre-show shopping at 7pm. The winning girl will receive a collection of Newbridge Silverware, a voucher for a night for two people in any Carlton Hotel in Ireland and a number of other prizes. The Clare Rose will also represent the county in the regional finals in Portlaoise on June 3.
Gort woman Lisa Nolan is representing Juniper boutique, Sixmilebridge’s Edel Murphy is the rose for HDM Solicitors, Miriam Darcy is the Magico Rose, Jane Murrihy from Mullagh represents Shannon Ferries, Newmarket-on-Fergus’s Marie Donnellan is the Ernst & Young Rose, Yasmin Magliocco from Clarecastle will represent Lynch’s Centra, Shannen Miniter is the Oakwood Arms Hotel Rose, Eleanor Mitchell from Annacotty is the Motivation.ie Rose, Lisdoonvarna’s Róisín Crowe will be the face of JR’s Hair Salon, Siobhan Thynne from Kilshanny is the Market House Theatre Rose, Doolin woman Kathleen Lynch will step up as the Burren Chernobyl Project Rose, Cara Jane Walsh is representing Duffy’s Pharmacy, Ennis in the competition, Ella-Rose Thickett, interviewed recently in The Clare Champion is the Weight Watchers Ennistymon Rose, Christabel Lenihen is the Treaty Veterinary Rose, Laura Gardiner represents Carrie’s Cakes, Ennis, Kilrush woman Attracta O’Dea is the Shannonside Building Supplies Rose, also from Kilrush Gina Roche will compete for the title on the night, Orla McDonagh from Gort will represent Ennis Community College/Gaelcholáise an Chláir while Newmarket-on-Fergus’ Melissa Lake will be the Sancta Maria Nursing Home Rose.
Tickets for the selection are available from the Roses, The West County Hotel or are available at the door on the night. Some proceeds on the night will go to Cahercalla Hospice.
“This is a great county Clare event,” said Clare chairman Ciarán O’ Connell. “For the past seven years the Clare Rose of Tralee selection night has consistently grown to be a bigger and bigger county event. Each year we have young ladies from every corner of County Clare, bringing all ages of supporters with them. This event has grown at a steady pace from nine girls and a crowd of 100 to 17 girls with a crowd of over 270 last year. Signs so far indicate that the numbers will once again be up so we have thought outside the box and developed a better event for the public to experience. Come early on Friday night to experience the whole event, while showing your support for Clare’s  finest young ladies,” he concluded.

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