Who will be the next Donegal Rose? We will find out this Saturday night 21st April in the Central Hotel in Donegal Town. They will host the Donegal Rose Selection in association with R McCullagh Jewellers.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting up with some of this year’s Roses when they got together to meet in advance of the selection next Saturday night. The Roses along with myself met up in Backstage Bar & Grill with Donegal Rose Amy Callaghan and Donegal Rose Centre co-ordinator Elaine McInaw. Century Cinema was Amy’s sponsor last year when she set out on her journey to enter the Donegal Rose Selection. The girls also had the pleasure of meeting Mark Doherty!
Again this year all of the Roses will wear jewellery from R McCullagh Jewellers and Gareth Ball was on hand to help choose jewellery for the big event. There was great excitement as the girls selected their jewellery for the selection.
Next Saturday the Roses will have individual interviews throughout the day followed by a group interview and finally stage interviews with MC Lee Gooch. The judges will then select the Donegal Rose to go forward and represent Donegal in the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
A special word of thanks to Amy Callaghan 2017 Donegal Rose who will hand over her sash this weekend. She has been an inspiration to many since she was selected last year to represent Donegal.
Wishing all the Roses the best of luck on Saturday. They include Aisling O’Kane Sponsored by McGrory’s of Culdaff, Aisling Sheils Sponsored by The Silver Tassie Hotel, Clara Byrne Sponsored by Eclipse Cinemas, Kerrie McGroarty Sponsored by Tangles Hairdressing, Kerry McLaughlin Sponsored by Ollie & Mel’s Boutique, Kerry Smyth Sponsored by Deirdre’s @ the Diamond, Kylie Gallagher Sponsored by The Villa Rose Hotel, Laura Kenny Sponsored by The Gateway Lodge, Megan Ruddy Sponsored by DF Promotions, Niamh Duggan Sponsored by The Shandon Hotel & Spa, Rachel O’Brien Sponsored by The Gweedore Bar, Sarah Long Sponsored by Dillons Hotel and Maud Gallagher Sponsored by Ocean Farm Ltd.
Unfortunately I won’t be there as I am attending the Donegal Person of the year Gala Ball in Dublin the same night but Elaine will keep me posted on the winner.