32 rose escorts have been chosen to participate in this year’s International Rose of Tralee Festival which will take place from August 23rd to 27th.
Seven of the candidates are teachers who hail from Donegal, Kerry, Kilkenny, Mayo, Tipperary and Westmeath; they will be joined by a number of farmers from Roscommon, Tipperary and Tyrone.
Munster has the highest representation with 12 candidates – three each from Kerry, Cork and Tipperary, two from Limerick and one from Clare.
Six of this year’s rose escorts are from Connacht – two each from Roscommon and Galway and one each from Mayo.
Leinster has 10 with two each from Dublin and Kildare and one each from Westmeath, Meath, Wexford, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Offaly.
Four men from Ulster – Donegal, Tyrone, Derry and Antrim – complete the line-up.
The participants – all of which are aged between 21-30 - had to complete an interview process, pass several endurance tests and team-building activities before they could graduate as fully-fledged rose escorts.
One of the 32 candidates will be selected as the Rose Escort of the Year live on RTÉ One on Monday, August 26th.
Paul Clabby – a farmer from Four Mile House, Co. Roscommon – will return for a second year after being chosen as the 2018 Rose Escort of the Year.
The 60th Rose of Tralee International Festival will take place from Friday, 23rd to Tuesday, August 27th – more information can be found here.