23-year-old national school teacher Aisling McNeill from Roscommon town was crowned the 2016 Roscommon Rose at the annual Rose Ball which was held in the Abbey Hotel last Saturday night.
Over 350 people attended the event and Aisling was chosen from 17 Roses who were put through their paces from compere Fergal d’Arcy of Today FM (formerly of iradio). Aisling is a teacher at the Convent of Mercy Primary School in Roscommon town and is from a well-known local family.
The 2015 Rose, Sarah Murphy from Castlerea, was on hand to present the new Rose with the tiara and now Aisling McNeill will represent Roscommon in the Rose of Tralee Festival in August.
The main sponsors of the Rose Ball are local company Callington Ltd.
The escort of the year competition was won by Carlo Morelli, who incidentally was the escort to Aisling McNeill.
The Roscommon Rose organising committee are: Yvonne Donohue-Corrigan (Chairperson); Sinead McDermott (Treasurer); Sharon Dowd (Secretary); Sara Teal (Recruitment Officer).
The judges were Nuala Cahill, Paul Cuttle and Tricia Corrigan.