How do I become a Rose?
To apply to be a Rose, you must complete a Rose application form that includes the following eligibility criteria:
a) Be 18 years of age by January 1st and will not have reached your 28th birthday on or prior to the following September 1st.
b) Be unmarried or never been married.
c) Be female, born in Ireland, or an Irish citizen or of Irish origin by virtue of one of your ancestors having been born in Ireland.
d) For applicants residing outside the island of Ireland - be living in the region you wish to represent for a minimum of one year and recommend that if selected as the Rose that you will remain resident in this region for the following 12 months.
e) Never have previously represented any Centre as a Rose in the Regional Festival or International Rose of Tralee Selection.
f) Be available for Rose Selection events and if selected be available for the Regional Festival and International Festival events.
Qualities of a Rose
The qualities of a Rose are defined by the lyrics of the song The Rose of Tralee and crystallised by the young woman who is chosen as the Rose of Tralee at the International Festival.
Over the years our Roses have mirrored a changing Ireland and the definition of Irishness that is celebrated by so many different people around the world. Roses have come to reflect the aspirations of modern young Irish women and embrace our global diaspora in a positive and refreshing way.
A Rose represents the collective aspirations, social responsiblities and ambitions of a variety of communities and backgrounds, united by a desire to celebrate Irish heritage.
So You Want to Be a Rose?
We wish you every success and perhaps it will be our pleasure to welcome you to the Festival as a Rose!
What is the Selection Process?
Roses are chosen by centres throughout the world including the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Luxembourg, Germany and of course Ireland. Entrants are nominated by local businesses or organisations and take part in local heats to find one person who will represent the centre in the final.
Judges consider many different attributes including, in the words of William Mulchinock's song The Rose of Tralee, an indefinable quality that captures "the truth in her eyes". The Rose of Tralee International Festival celebrates modern young women in terms of their aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage.
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