Roses competing for the international Rose of Tralee title next week spent an amazing two days in Kildare as guests of Kildare Fáilte, the county’s tourism board.
The Roses began their tour in Athy, taking part in Ernest Shackleton themed activities and enjoying some dragon boat racing.
The 56 Roses who will compete for the international Rose of Tralee title later this year were treated to the best of Kildare when they toured the county on Monday and Tuesday.
This included the finest of Kildare’s food fare in advance of Sunday’s taste of Kildare festival at the K Club. Tickets from intokildare.ie.
Among the Roses were Victoria Sexton, the Florida Rose and niece of David and Susan Sexton, Kildare Farm Foods, Rathmuck and Kildare Rose, Grainne Carr from Ardclough.
The county hosted the Roses before they take part in the Rose of Tralee International Festival, August 17-21.
Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth was the home to the Roses for two nights while Kildare Fáilte and Kildare County Council facilitated an action-packed tour.
The Kildare Rose of Tralee Tour commenced with a welcome reception in Burtown House, Athy on Monday before their Ernest Shackleton-themed outdoor adventure around the town, celebrating the county’s great explorer.
Tuesday saw the Roses stopping off at Celbridge, the Kildare Round Tower, Solas Bhride, the K Club and Kildare Village.
In an action-packed day, turf cutting, brown bread making and Sean Nós dancing were on the agenda at Lullymore Heritage Park, one of the top family attractions in Ireland, as well as a trip to sample the delights of the legendary K Club, which will host the Taste of Kildare event.
Roses celebrated the life of Arthur Guinness in Celbridge, learned to make St Brigid’s crosses at Solas Bhride and experienced a Mondello racing car on their journey to Kildare Village.
“We hope the Roses’ experiences in Kildare will serve as a calling card for the county and that they gathered wonderful memories to share with friends and relations,” said Aine Mangan, CEO Kildare Fáilte.
“This was a wonderful opportunity to promote Kildare as a county in which spend time exploring and enjoying a wealth of experiences.”