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A ‘Rose budding’ Afternoon in the Central Hotel!

The Central Hotel in Donegal Town hosted a Mini Afternoon Tea Party for Donegal’s Rosebuds today organised by Elaine McInaw. 

All the young girls aged between 4 and 12 have the opportunity each year to be a Rosebud at the Rose of Tralee Donegal Selection.

At the Selection evenings the little girls don’t always get the opportunity to talk on stage so this year the Donegal Rose Centre decided to have an event to celebrate the Rosebuds.

They all received a sash with Donegal Rosebud and met with Donegal Rose Amy Callaghan. 2016 Donegal Rose Zoe McGettigan who attended the Afternoon Tea along with a few ladies who are applying for this year’s Donegal Rose Selection.

Rory O’Donnell was compere and talked to each little girls on stage. Some performances included playing the violin, Irish dancing, singing, playing a tin whistle and even a Drama performance.

Everyone enjoyed Executive Chef Marco Letterese Afternoon Tea in the Grand Ballroom..

The Donegal Rose Selection takes place on Saturday 21st April in the Central Hotel. The Rose to represent Donegal in the Rose of Tralee will be chosen that night and applications are available online

Zoe McGettigan, 2016 Donegal Rose along with the current Donegal Rose Amy Kate Callaghan

Rory O Donnell who interviewed the little Rosebuds on stage earlier today

Fiona Gallagher with her three lovely daughters Molly, Jessica and Eabha.

Kathleen McGuire, Claire, Lauren, Ella and Grace Gillespie. 

Proud mother Geraldine Callaghan with her daughter Amy and Colette Gallagher.

Eva Callaghan following in her big sisters footsteps and her best friend Erin Gallagher.

Seamie Callaghan having s a nice Afternoon Tea to himself!

Caroline Friel, Elaine McInaw and Annie Bell.

Elaine McInaw who organised the event today pictured with Claire Byrne.

The lovely Bride to be and former Donegal Rose Zoe McGettigan with the Donegal Rose of Tralee co-ordinator Elaine McInaw

Elaine, Zoe, myself and Amy

Rory O Donnell, Compere for the little Rosebuds  gets down to business!

A future Donegal Rose perhaps ………….Claire Byrne with her parents Paul and Patricia


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