THE search for a Limerick Rose for 2013 is on, with organisers hopeful the region’s run of bad luck in the competition will break next year.
Limerick failed to have a Rose in Tralee this year - a run that stretches back to 2007, the last time the region had a representative at the competition proper - but Suzanne O’Brien, this year’s Rose, said her year was rewarding nonetheless.
“The whole experience has been unforgettable - despite not being on the stage in the Dome,” explained Ms O’Brien at the launch of the search to find her replacement last week.
“The opportunities that have arisen, the people I have met, the causes I have helped and the friends I have made, have made this the most rewarding experience you can imagine,” she added.
The Limerick Rose Selection takes place on Saturday March 9 at the Castletroy Park Hotel and Denis Griffin, coordinator of the Limerick Rose Centre, said organisers were looking forward to “a bright year ahead”, while hailing the impact Adare’s Suzanne had this year.
“Suzanne had a fantastic year. She really made the most of it and embraced her year as the Rose, and was a fantastic ambassador for us,” he explained.
“Hopefully we will get through, absolutely, it would be fantastic to have a Limerick Rose in Tralee, and please God it will happen. No matter what she will still be our Limerick Rose for the year,” he added.
Applications are open to entrants aged from 18-27 years. The 2013 Limerick Rose will receive a whole host of incredible prizes sponsored by local businesses, explained Denis.