Lovely Lilies bid to become the Kildare Rose of 2013

Kildare Rose contestants at the Curragh races recently: (standing back row) Hannah Ryan, Aisling Wilkins, Lisa McDonnell, Fiona O'Dwyer, Amy Masterson, Aisling Kelly, Shauna Channon, Amy Byrne, Sarah Connaghton;  (seated middle row) Caroline Townend, Nicola Walsh, Jennifer Gordon, Kildare Rose Handicap race sponsor Maria Macari, jockey Gary Carroll, Kate Dunleavy, Elizabeth Jones, Eimear Keane; with (front row) jockeys Fergal Lynch, Colin Keane, Conor Hoban, Chris Hayes, and Fran Berry. Photo: Tony Keane
One of the off-the-track highlights of Punchestown week will be the selection of the 2013 Kildare Rose, which will take place at the Osprey Hotel and Spa on Saturday, April 27.

One of the off-the-track highlights of Punchestown week will be the selection of the 2013 Kildare Rose, which will take place at the Osprey Hotel and Spa on Saturday, April 27.

The Lilies-turned-Roses will also be enjoying a day out at Punchestown on the Saturday, before the gala selection evening.

This year’s Kildare Rose competition is being organised by Caroline Hutchinson, who is well-known in the horse-racing world.

Some 16 girls have declared for this year’s Kildare Rose competition. They are: Aisling Kelly (sponsored by Heavenly Bodies, Monasterevin); Aislinn Wilkins (The Village Inn, Celbridge); Amy Masterson (The Osprey Hotel and Spa); Amy Byrne (Moyglare Stud); Caroline Townend (Phonovation Ltd); Elizabeth Jones (Daybreak Maxol, Clane); Eimear Keane (Stonewood Homes Ltd); Fiona O’Dwyer (Macari’s of Kildare town); Hanny Ryan (Shades ‘n Shapes); Jennifer Gordon (Grace’s Pub, Naas); Kate Dunleavy (Joe Mallon Motors); Lisa McDonnell (Pat Keogh Skoda); Nicola Walsh (The Equine Centre); Sarah Connaughton (TRI Equestrian), Shauna Channon (Kildare Derby Festival Queen) and Melissa Durney (Tesco).

The ladies have enjoyed a packed schedule over the past few weeks.

They attended the inaugural Kildare Rose handicap, sponsored by Macaris of Kildare town, at the Curragh on Sunday, March 24.

They visited the Rose Centre in Waterford and also took part in a charity bag packing evening at Tesco Extra in Naas in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.

The Kildare Rose Gala selection night will take place at the Osprey Hotel on Saturday, April 27, with the winner going on to contest the Rose of Tralee semi-finals in Portlaoise on the June Bank Holiday weekend.

The evening starts at 8pm. Entertainment will be by Eoghan and the Boys, featuring Kelly Bermingham. Ollie Turner will compere the evning. Tickets at E20 for adults and E10 for children are available from Caroline Hutchinson at 087 2418266.

The Leinster Leader is proud to be the official media partner of this year’s Kildare Rose contest.