Applications Open For Rose Buds In This Year’s Festival

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The Rosebuds at the parade last August.

THE Rose Bud application process has commenced with girls aged 6 to 10 being invited to put their names forward for a chance to be a part of this year’s Rose of Tralee International festival.

The most important thing about being a Rose Bud is to have fun! Each girl will be twinned with a Rose, take part in two parades, attend an exclusive Rose Bud Party with the Roses and much more during the week-long festival.

Fifty children from Kerry and beyond will be chosen through the direct application process, while a further 15 Rose Bud places will be allocated through various Rose of Tralee and associated sponsor promotions over the coming months.

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Audiology Medical Services, Ireland’s leading independent Audiology Company, providing expert and comprehensive child-centred and family-friendly diagnostic audiological assessment of infants, children and adolescents has been unveiled as the proud new sponsor of this year’s Rose Buds.

Rose Buds were first introduced to the Rose of Tralee International Festival when the event celebrated 50 years in 2009 and since then 371 children have made life-long friends while enjoying a memorable experience.

The deadline for the receipt of completed application forms and the non-refundable €25 registration fee is 5pm on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. Successful applicants will be required to make a €50 contribution to cover participation costs during the festival.

€5 from every entry will be donated to Barretstown Children’s Charity which offers free, medically endorsed camps & programmes that are designed for children & their families living with serious illness.

Rose Bud application forms are available from and the Rose of Tralee International Festival Office, Denny Street, Tralee, Co Kerry.

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