Claire Walsh has been crowned the new Kildare Rose.
She beat off stiff competition at a gala selection night which was held at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas last Easter Sunday night, April 24. Claire, who was sponsored by Hayden’s in Naas, will now go on to represent Kildare at the regional finals in Portlaoise in June. Guests at the Kildare selection night included Athy’s Clare Kambamettu, the reigning Rose of Tralee, and outgoing Kildare Rose Edel Kearney. For more photos from the night, see next week’s Leinster Leader.