Search in full bloom for escorts to tend to Roses

THE search is on for a bunch of budding escorts to tend to the needs of 32 women from Ireland and abroad vying for the coveted Rose of Tralee title.

This year just €75 is needed to be in with a chance of taking the arm of an accomplished and charming young woman.

Up to now, wannabe escorts had to raise €2,500 to be in with a chance of chaperoning a Rose during Ireland’s biggest festival in Tralee, Co Kerry.

Festival escort coordinator and former escort, Colm Croffy, said the August festival was undertaking a 32-county escort search for the first time this year.

Escorts will take part in their county selection heats along with potential Roses and a winner will be chosen from each county to represent their community and go forward to the international festival.

Last year’s Escort of the Year, Ben Tighe, a 30-year-old sales representative from Kildare, said the experience was unforgettable.

“The friends you make are for life, the memories will never dim and the laughs along the way are the loudest you will ever have. I should know, I enjoyed it so much I did it for three years,” he said.

He advises potential escorts to smile a lot; have good manners; only tell jokes if they are funny; turn out the way your mum would expect and be a good listener.

The Rose of Tralee Escort Charity Partner 2010 is 1Life Suicide Helpline and each of the escorts will be asked to undertake some modest fund raising for the organisation, a joint venture between registered charities, The 3Ts and Console.

Every county in Ireland is recruiting escorts for their local selections and those who think they would be a perfect partner for a Rose can log onto www.roseoftralee.ie and download an application form or telephone 066-7121322.

Closing date for receipt of applications and an initial non-refundable deposit of €25 is Friday, March 26. Escorts must be between 21 and 30 years of age.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival will take place from Friday, August 20, to Tuesday, August 24.


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