The Donegal Rose Catherine McCarron, is excited ahead of the Rose of Tralee International Festival which will get underway this week.
Raphoe native Catherine McCarron said: “The build-up to Tralee has just been phenomenal. It has been a very busy time but the amount of support from my family, friends and my hometown has been overwhelming. We are all very looking forward to the big event.”
The televised selections will be broadcast live on RTÉ One on Monday 19 and August 20th, but Catherine won’t find out what night she will appear on TV until after lunchtime on Sunday 18th.
The General Manger of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Oliver Hurley, said: “The Rose of Tralee continues to connect the global Irish community in a celebration of shared culture. The interest, and indeed affection, that Irish people at home and abroad have for the Rose of Tralee represents the core strength of the Rose of Tralee brand which is an unrivalled marketing and promotional asset for Kerry and Ireland.”
The Rose of Tralee International Festival is Ireland’s annual Gathering since 1959 and it’s estimated that well over five million people have been to the Festival during the past 54 years. A bonus for Catherine and each of this year’s Roses will be their inclusion on a new Rose Wall of Honour that will be erected in Tralee Town Park.