Dome-ward bound! – Roscommon Rose 2022 launched

There was a sense of déjà vu at the Abbey Hotel on Friday evening last as the Roscommon Rose competition for 2022 was launched in front of a good attendance.

The 2020 competition had also been launched at the same venue in the week a national lockdown was announced by then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following the outbreak of Covid-19.

The focus was very much on Tralee ’22 last Friday however as Chairperson of the Roscommon Rose of Tralee Centre, Yvonne Donohue, welcomed guests including this year’s hopefuls, their escorts, sponsors and supporters to the official launch of this year’s competition.

The event was also attended by former Roscommmon Roses including 2018 and current Rose Eimear Reynolds and 2016 Rose Aisling McNeill.

Eimear Reynolds shared an insight into her Rose journey and highlighted the many benefits of taking part. She encouraged those participating in this year’s selection process to enjoy the experience.

Yvonne Donohue thanked Eimear for being a “great ambassador” for Roscommon and wished her well in her involvement with the Leitrim Rose Centre. The Roscommon Rose coordinator also thanked Paul Clabby, who in 2018 was selected as Roscommon’s Most Popular Escort, before going on to win the International Escort of the Year in Tralee.

The main sponsors for this year’s competition are Callington Ltd Road Recycling, under the guidance of Martin Conneally from Tremane and the Drea family from Tullamore. Yvonne Donohue paid tribute to the company who have supported the competition for the last number of years. She also thanked the Grealy family and staff at the Abbey Hotel for sponsoring and hosting the launch, which had kicked off earlier in the evening with a champagne reception for the Roses and Escorts.

Yvonne added that this year’s competition had yielded an amazing response: “We are delighted to have support from new and existing local businesses. The unprecedented support from throughout the county of Roscommon is a testament to how highly regarded the Roscommon Rose of Tralee event is,” she said.

“It certainly would not be possible to hold the event without the generosity and support of our local businesses and businesses across the county of Roscommon. We hope that in return for their support and sponsorship, we can give a little bit back by supporting them – as they say, ‘shop local’. I urge everyone here tonight to support their local businesses”.

Ms. Donohue also gave a brief insight into what lay ahead for the Roscommon Rose, who is guaranteed a place at the International Rose of Tralee Festival and live televised final at the Dome in Tralee in August.

“The local selection night takes place on Sunday, June 5th at the Abbey Hotel and will be judged by a panel of three independent judges, who will conduct individual, group, and stage interviews with each of the Roses,” she said.

“One of the escorts will also be chosen as Roscommon’s Most Popular Escort. Radio presenter and DJ Fergal D’Arcy will be MC and compere, and tickets for the selection event are priced at €30, with ticket-only entry on the evening.

“For further information, please visit the Roscommon Rose Facebook page and leave a message with any enquiries”.