LIMERICK has 18 Roses and is hoping one can go all the way to Tralee in August.
Despite a hit and miss relationship with the Rose of Tralee - Melanie Carroll was the last Limerick Rose to make it to the event proper back in 2007 - one of 18 budding Roses will be selected to represent Limerick at the selection event this Friday night.
The Rose of Tralee judges who cast an eye over the 18 girls last weekend have reported that Limerick’s bunch of Roses are of an “extremely high standard”, according to Denis Griffin, co-ordinator of the Limerick Rose Centre, appointed after the previous committee that was in place stood down last year.
“The standard is extremely high - we had our judging weekend just past and obviously while the judges don’t disclose anything to us, they said the standard was extremely high,” said Mr Griffin, who also co-ordinates the Galway Rose selection.
“I am thrilled to bits, we are all delighted, it is very positive,” Mr Griffin added of the fact that 18 girls put their name forward for the Rose selection event, which will take place this Friday in the Carlton Castletroy Park, with 2FM DJ Will Leahy as MC.
However Mr Griffin noted that the committee have had good numbers in recent years and that was not the reason that Limerick has failed to secure representation at the Tralee festival since 2007.
“To be fair, they have had good numbers as well in the last couple of years, the Rose committee have always worked very hard and have had good numbers,” he explained.
“It is all about building on this now and hopefully getting through regional finals and giving our Rose the best possible support that we can.”
He noted that “being selected as a Rose for Limerick is a great honour in itself and a lot of Limerick businesses have been very good to support the event”.