Aisling hoping to bloom in Tralee!

Roscommon Rose Aisling McNeill was given a wonderful send-off by her supporters in P. Kelly’s Bar in Roscommon town last Sunday evening.

  Aisling will head to the Dome in Tralee on Wednesday, August 17th as she attempts to make the televised selections on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd.

  She will be among 65 Roses from all over the world who will be at this year’s extended festival which will include parades, a funfair, circus, 70 hours of free and affordable entertainment, a fashion show and fireworks displays.

  Aisling, a schoolteacher from Roscommon town, said: “I’m proud and privileged to say that I am the 2016 Roscommon Rose. I’m proud of all things Irish and all things Roscommon and I can’t wait to embrace all that The International Rose of Tralee has to offer in what I know will be an experience of a lifetime.”

  The format for this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival has changed to allow every Rose travelling to Tralee to enjoy the event in its entirety.

  The Communications Manager of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, John Drummey, said: “For the past 11 years a qualifying event was staged in the midlands at the end of May at which 32 Roses were selected to appear on TV in August and ultimately get to enjoy all the fun of the Festival. The good news is that every Rose who is selected will travel to the Festival in Tralee. The Roses will still take part in a qualifying process, as RTE can only accommodate 32 Roses on live TV with Dáithí Ó Sé.”

  Roscommon Rose Aisling will find out on Sunday, August 21st whether or not she has made the televised selection.The televised selections will be broadcast as usual at 8 pm on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd August on RTÉ One.