Limerick’s Rose aims to wow with creativity for regional finals

Petula Martyn

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Petula Martyn

CAHERDAVIN’S Orlaith Carroll did not use her selection as this year’s Limerick Rose as an excuse to go on a shopping spree for a wardrobe of new clothes.

CAHERDAVIN’S Orlaith Carroll did not use her selection as this year’s Limerick Rose as an excuse to go on a shopping spree for a wardrobe of new clothes.

Instead, the 24-year-old graduate from the Limerick School of Art and Design has been busy creating stunning outfits for the regional finals which take place in Portlaoise this weekend.

A blue pencil skirt with a beige waist band and a matching blue jacket made from Cashmere wool is one of her most eye-catching designs, and the creativity of the talented Limerick woman is sure to wow the judges.

“I’m almost ready to go. I have been making my own outfits for it so the pressure has been on for that, but other than that I’m feeling relaxed and excited,” she told the Limerick Leader as she packed her bags this week. “It has been really nice to get back into the designing and making of things.” She has designed four day outfits for the busy weekend of social engagements and as well as a ball gown.

And when she takes to the stage at the regional finals, Orlaith will be proud to wear a dress created by Limerick designer, Fiona Whyte.

The 2011 Limerick Rose is not apprehensive about the interview on stage with host Daithi O’Se, but she is keen to do Limerick proud.

Her party piece on the night will be Adele’s version ‘To make you feel my love’. “It’s an original Bob Dylan song and it won’t be anywhere as good as Adele sings it but I’ll give it a go,” she smiled.

Orlaith’s parents, Jim and Giolla, and her brother Michael, as well as her many friends will travel to Portlaoise on Sunday and Monday night to wave the Limerick flag and cheer her on.