Limerick’s Brid Madigan flying the flag as Scottish Rose

Jennifer Purcell

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Jennifer Purcell

Scottish Rose Brid Madigan pictured with her nephew, James McCarthy and her brother-in-law, Thomas McCarthy. Brid is originally from Ballyneety in Limerick
SCOTTISH Rose Brid Madigan will return to her home city of Limerick as contestants for the Rose of Tralee to pay a visit to the George Boutique Hotel this Thursday.

SCOTTISH Rose Brid Madigan will return to her home city of Limerick as contestants for the Rose of Tralee to pay a visit to the George Boutique Hotel this Thursday.

A red carpet reception is planned and members of the public are being invited to meet and greet the Roses when they arrive at 4.30pm today.

The Rose escorts will arrive a little later to join the roses for dinner on the penultimate stage of their tour of Ireland.

Rose of Tralee commercial manager Steve Cronly, said: “It is fitting that an iconic event such as the Rose of Tralee, should visit Limerick, the 2014 City of Culture, once again.

“The Rose Tour is a very important event on the Irish tourism calendar as the media coverage that it commands is the perfect picture postcard to send to the world.”

Originally from Ballyneety, 24 year old Brid is a primary school teacher in Fife. Brid, who studied Irish and Media at MIC and went on to do her postgraduate qualification in Primary Teaching at the University of Edinburgh in 2012, said she was delighted that the tour was stopping in her home town, while acknowledging that fact that Limerick Rose, Castletroy’s Rachel O’Neill, unfortunately did make it through the regional selection for the festival.

“I’m so excited that Limerick is included in the tour, we’re rallying the troops for next Thursday. We’re getting the Scottish flags out and the Limerick flags out,” she said.

“I know it’s sad that the Limerick Rose didn’t get through but I’m proud to be representing Limerick as well as Scotland.”

The Roses will leave Leitrim this Thursday morning to travel to meet the Rose escorts for the first time in Limerick.