FOR the seventh year in a row, a radiant Limerick Rose has failed to make it to the Dome in Tralee. Twenty-one-year-old Dawn Ryan was unsuccessful - like six Limerick representatives before her – in last weekend’s regional finals of the Rose of Tralee fesival.
There are many here who feel the Rose of Tralee has lost credibility as year after year the county that played a big part in making it the success that it is today finds its representative overlooked.
The organisers can make all the excuses they wish to justify what keeps happening: they simply will not wash. The over-commercialisation of the event that brought about this elaborate qualification process in the first place has undermined something for which the people of Limerick once had great fondness. Who could blame us if we switched channels again as another years goes by without our lovely Rose enjoying the national spotlight?
Regardless of last weekend’s unfortunate outcome, the charming Dawn did us proud and no doubt will continue to do so during her time as Limerick’s Rose. What a pity the rest of the country won’t get a chance to appreciate her too.