KILDARE - the south of the county in particular - has been a nursery for successful Rose of Tralee contestants in recent years.
Homegrown Athy girls Charmaine Kenny and Clare Kambamettu - albeit both representing their adopted hometown of London - claimed the international crown in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Saturday night, March 5, will be the chance for GAA clubs across the county to stake their claim to another title as the hotly-contested Kildare GAA Rose competition takes place at a gala evening in St Laurence’s of Narraghmore.
All clubs across the county are invited to send a Rose to take part. Entry is free to girls aged between 18 and 28 who are up for a great night’s fun and craic.
The 2009 Kildare GAA Rose Erica Kelly went on to claim the county title. Last year’s Kildare GAA Rose was Grainne Corrigan was also a south Kildare girl.
And though many of last year’s competitors togged out on the pitch for their clubs, entrants don’t have to be players to take part in the Rose competition.
There is a cash prize of E500 on offer for the Kildare GAA Rose winner, who will also be entered into the Kildare Rose competition itself later this spring.
The launch of this year’s competition took place last Saturday at St Laurence’s, and was attended by last year’s Kildare Rose Edel Kearney, Grainne Corrigan, St Laurences’ captain Mossie Doyle and players Padraig O’Neill and Shane Connolly.
The emcee on the night will be Charlie Hughes and the judges will include Kate Markey and Paul Dargan (Kildare Rose co-ordinators), Amanda Smyth and Laura Coates of the Leinster Leader.
If you are interested in entering the Kildare GAA Rose contact Edel on 087 6203011 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets on the night cost E10 and are available on the door. The show begins at 7.30pm.