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Clare Rose hopes to blossom

Clare Rose Ava O’Mahony will hope to blossom this weekend, when she takes to the stage with 55 other hopefuls from all over the world, looking to securing her place at The Dome for the Rose of Tralee International Festival in August. The 25-year-old Ennis woman, a finance graduate of University of Limerick, will be hoping to clinch one of the 23 places up for grabs in the three consecutive selection nights, hosted by RTÉ presenter Dáithí Ó Sé in The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, starting this Friday. Ava impressed the judges last month at a county final, hosted by TV3 weatherman Deric Ó hArtagáin. The regional festival highlights will include the official opening in the Civic Plaza on Friday night, the vintage car parade of Roses and their Rose Buds followed by a street party on Saturday and the annual visit to Abbeyleix and Castle Durrow on Sunday. Roses representing 28 counties in Ireland, 13 regions in the United States, Scotland …

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Rose Joanne heading for the Dome

CLARE Rose Joanne O’Gorman from Cratloe will represent her county in the Rose of Tralee International Festival in August. Joanne, a QC technician in Wyeth Nutrition Nestle in Askeaton, is one of 23 Roses who were shortlisted at The Rose of Tralee Regional Finals in Portlaoise at the weekend.  She will now appear at the televised stages of the event in Tralee with  Daithi Ó Sé. Last year’s Clare Rose, Marie Donnellan of Newmarket on Fergus, was the county’s first competitor in the international event for seven years. Microbiologist Joanne is certainly looking forward to the opportunity of a lifetime. “I really haven’t had much of a chance to catch my breath to be honest. I am so delighted and honoured to have been given the opportunity to represent my county, I really can’t wait to enjoy every single moment of the journey, wherever it may take me.” A keen tag rugby enthusiast, Joanne is a very proud Clare woman …

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In search of the Clare Rose

The search is officially underway to find the 2014 Clare Rose. Ladies with designs on the sash are being urged to take the first step of putting themselves in the spotlight by submitting an online application form for the selection process, which could end up with them on stage with Daithí Ó Sé in the Dome in Tralee this August. One of the most unique aspects of the Clare Rose selection process is that it models itself on that of the International Festival itself, to give all the Clare Roses a taste of what Tralee could have in store for them. There are a number of events taking place in the run-up to the April 19 selection night, with the much-loved Clare Rose Tour, in particular, taking place across the county on April 12. Clare Rose Centre chairman Ciarán O’Connell acknowledged that the response has already been phenomenal. “We’ve been blown away by how many expressions of interest we’ve had …

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