CHLOE Heslin will be one of 61 Roses vying for selection at the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival in Portlaoise this weekend.
The 23 year old from the South Circular Road will take to the stage with host Dáithí Ó Sé on Friday night, seeking to break Limerick’s cycle of bad luck in the competition,
The county has not had a Rose at the Dome event since 2007, but the qualified speech and language therapist, currently working as a research assistant in the area of motor neurone disease in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, says she feels no extra pressure on her young shoulders.
“I feel the exact same, I can only do my best and enjoy it and come back to Limerick whatever the outcome and just enjoy the next few months ahead,” she said this week.
“My Rose journey doesn’t end in Portlaoise, it is until March of next year. I will see how it goes anyway. I will go to enjoy it and make some friends and memories,” she added.
Of the 61 Roses participating in Portlaoise, 23 will be selected to go forward to Tralee, while Chloe will battle for one of seven spots open to 29 counties, with every province to be represented.
Chloe was selected as Limerick Rose almost ten weeks ago and has keenly enjoyed her time representing the county at various events.
“It is great, it is a huge honour and I am very proud,” said the former Laurel Hill Coláiste student, who is an ambassador for Pieta House for the year of her stint as Limerick Rose.
“Everyone has been so kind and supportive to me in the last ten weeks, I am really looking forward to representing Limerick for the next few days because I am so proud of the county.
“There hasn’t been a quiet moment since I was selected, so it says a lot for the county that there is so much going on, and everyone is eager to get involved and keen to have me involved, which is great. I am extremely proud,” she added.
The Roses bound for Tralee will be announced on Sunday.