My Week: ‘Having a ball of a time in the Kingdom’

Celia Holman Lee

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Celia Holman Lee

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WHAT a glamorous night it was in the Tralee Dome last Friday night when more than 1,300 packed in to enjoy what is one, if not the biggest fashion shows in the country.

WHAT a glamorous night it was in the Tralee Dome last Friday night when more than 1,300 packed in to enjoy what is one, if not the biggest fashion shows in the country.

For 11 years I have been attending the Rose Ball and it just seems to get bigger and better with age.

The reason I enjoy this particular part of the Rose festival so much is I get to catch up with friends before the festival kicks off.

Host of the televised interviews with the Roses, Daithi O’ Se, was in top form and in great shape. I asked him if he had any favourites and he told me that he did not have a favourite and considered them all to be brilliant representatives for their region.

Mary Kennedy was looking extremely fashionable in the colour of the season - a forest green satin evening dress. Mary was the chairperson of the judging panel along with our own Muirne Hurley who was crowned the 1994 Rose of Tralee. Muirne looked really on trend and extremely elegant and has carved out a really successful career in sales and marketing - she has two retail fashion stores and an online business. I also bumped into last year’s Rose, the beautiful and hugely popular Maria Walsh. She looked stunning in a black brocade 50s-style dress which was designed by Kerry designer Tina Griffin, and she was talking about her plans to start her career as a gay wedding planner. I think whatever she turns her hand to she will be very successful, she is an inspirational young woman.

A huge congratulations to the beautiful Meath Rose, Elysha Brennan, who was crowned the 2015 Rose of Tralee. I was sitting in the audience on the first night of the live TV show and I thought that she was amazing with a really heart-warming story to tell!

I will chat to you next week about the very successful fashion show with all the pics!