If you’ve ever dreamt of representing your county at one of Ireland’s premier festivals as well as helping to earn money for hundreds of charities throughout the country then this could be your chance. The search for the O’Brien’s Pharmacy Roscommon Rose of Tralee 2007 is now on and the committee is currently in the process of making preparations for what promises to be a truly wonderful Gala Ball Selection Night. The Roscommon Rose of Tralee selection has gone from strength to strength over the past number of years and it is now firmly established as one of the premier social events in the county. The main sponsor of the event is O’Brien’s Pharmacy and Health Food Shop in Roscommon town and the committee is delighted to have Charlie O’Brien on board once again this year. The Roscommon Rose of Tralee hopes to attract a large number of entries throughout the county. Following a forthcoming press launch the Gala Rose Ball will be held in the Castle Suite of the Royal Hotel Roscommon town on Saturday, April 28 th . This will be a wonderful day and night for the Roscommon Roses with plenty of fun and entertainment culminating in the selection of the Roscommon Rose who will then go forward to represent their county in the regional finals in Limerick this June. The chosen charities to benefit from this year’s event are the Special Olympics- Support an Athlete Programme and the Suicide Awareness Project both of which are local to County Roscommon. Music on the night of the Gala Ball will be provided by the ever-popular Dave and the Bluetax while guests will also enjoy a four-course meal. In a new venture this year the Friends of the Rose of Roscommon allows businesses to become involved through sponsorship of the event. Paddy Sweeney and Mother Hubbards heads up the Friends of the Rose of Roscommon and his support is greatly appreciated. The press launch for the Roscommon Rose of Tralee selection will take place on Thursday, April 12th in the Royal Hotel, Roscommon town. With a fee of €200 clubs, societies, associations, family and friends can nominate a Rose in addition to businesses. Founded in 1959 the Rose of Tralee International Festival has flourished over the years and it is now firmly established as a national institution broadcast live on RTE television over two nights. The closing date for entries is Friday, March 30th so in order to have the chance of a lifetime as well as helping to raise funds for local and national charities it really couldn’t be simpler. Simply fill up the entry form printed on this page and short version of the application form will be forwarded to you. Make sure you comply with the rules of the competition and who knows your dream may really come true. Application forms for the Roscommon Rose of Tralee can be obtained from Secretary of the Roscommon Rose of Tralee, Kathryn Finn, Creevy, Roscommon. Entry forms can also be obtained by contacting Ms. Finn directly at 086 3743306.