Deadline Approaches For Kerry Men To Apply To Be Rose Escorts

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Daithi Ó Sé promoting the search for Rose Escorts. Photo by Domnick Walsh

TIME is running out for Kerry men to apply to be Rose Escorts at the Rose of Tralee International Festival.

This year is a particularly special one for the Festival as it will celebrate 60 years from Friday, August 23rd to Tuesday, August 27th.

Thursday, March 20, is the deadline for gentlemen from the Kingdom aged 21 to 30 to put their names forward online at for a chance to enjoy being an Rose Escort at the Rose of Tralee International Festival

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The primary role of a Rose Escort is to look after his Rose and ensure her time at the Festival is a memorable and enjoyable experience.

There are so many advantages to acquiring the role of a Rose of Tralee Escort as it is particularly suited to any young man possessing the desire to meet lots of new people, travel, build an international network of friends and most importantly have the best year of their life.

Interviews for candidates who have applied to be Rose Escorts will take place in Tralee and Dublin in March and April after which a shortlist of candidates will take part in a team-building Boot Camp in June at some of Kerry’s most stunning locations.

Once the final list of Rose Escorts has been confirmed, they will then participate in a range of Festival events in August including the Gala Rose Ball, three Parades and a week packed full of entertainment.

In order to be eligible to be a Rose Escort at the Rose of Tralee International Festival applicants must:

• Be male, 21 years of age by 1st January 2019 and not have reached your 31st birthday on or prior to 1st September 201
• Be unmarried or never been married
• Be born in Ireland or of Irish origin by virtue of one of your ancestors having been born in Ireland
• Be available for Selection events and if selected be available for the International Festival events from 21st to 27th August 2019 in Tralee

One of the gentlemen will be announced by Dáithí Ó Sé as the Rose Escort of the Year live on RTÉ television on Monday 26th August 2019.

Each candidate will be charged an application fee, and should he be chosen as a Rose Escort, he will be required to obtain sponsorship of €1500.

Go to before the 20th of March or email for more information.

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