Thirty-Two Rose Buds Chosen For 60th Rose Of Tralee Festival

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Kerry Rose Sally Ann Leahy with Rosebuds Aoife, Alya and Sophie and Jessica Lewis and Clodagh Quane of Audiology Medical Services. Photo by Dermot Crean

THIRTY-TWO young girls have been selected as Rose Buds during the 60 year celebrations of the Rose of Tralee International Festival which will take place this August.

Aged between 6 and 10, they were chosen from hundreds of applications from children in Ireland and abroad, with 24 of the final 32 being from Kerry and eight Rose Bud places allocated through various Rose of Tralee and associated sponsor promotions.

Once again, Audiology Medical Services, Ireland’s leading independent Audiology Company, has been confirmed as the proud sponsor of this year’s Rose Buds.

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The Communications Manager for the Rose of Tralee International Festival, John Drummey, said: “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. €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.”

Kay Lewis, Director of Audiology Medical Services: “As a family-owned hearing care provider, we are so proud to be associated with the Rose of Tralee International Festival for the second year. Not only is it a magnificent celebration of strong inspirational women; it’s also truly a family affair. The Roses are exceptional role models for the Rose Buds and we are delighted to be associated with empowering the next generation of smart, successful and confident women. It will be an amazing experience for these children.”

This year’s festival takes place from Friday, August 23 to Tuesday, August 27. Legendary Irish band, Aslan will perform at a free concert during the festival, a gig which will form the centrepiece of a 60th Anniversary Party on Denny Street on Sunday 25th August along with a Celebration Street Disco featuring hits from the six decades of Ireland’s flagship family fun festival.

The Hot House Flowers, another legendary Irish group, will perform at a free gig on Denny Street on the opening night of the Festival, Friday, August 23 and Country Star, Derek Ryan will play for free on the Tuesday.

Tickets to the Rose Ball, TV Selection Nights, Fashion Show and 80s Celebration Night with Abbaesque – all in the Dome – are available from

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