THIS year’s selection process to find a Limerick Rose will aid suicide charity Pieta House, it has been announced.
Outgoing Limerick Rose Suzanne O’Brien and the man tasked with finding her replacement, Denis Griffin, revealed this week that Pieta House is to be the official charity partner of the 2013 Limerick Rose Selection taking place in the Castletroy Park Hotel in March.
“We are delighted to be associated with such a very worthy charity, hopefully our efforts will help save a life and help raise further awareness of the service that Pieta House provides,” explained Mr Griffin, coordinator of the Limerick Rose Centre.
As such, he explained, all proceeds from the raffle on the night of March 9 when Limerick will selected a Rose to represent the region in Tralee, will directly benefit Pieta House, the suicide and self harm crisis centre based in Mungret.
The search continues for a Limerick Rose that will break the region’s run of bad luck in the competition, which stretches back to 2007.
Dashing Adare lass Suzanne O’Brien, this year’s Rose, said her year was rewarding despite not being selected for the finals in Tralee last year, and urged those interested in the competition to come forward.
“The whole experience has been unforgettable - despite not being on the stage in the Dome,” explained Ms O’Brien.
“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.
Mr Griffin paid warm tribute to Suzanne and said it would be “fantastic to have a Limerick Rose in Tralee, and please God it will happen, but no matter what she will still be our Rose for the year”.
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