The deadline is fast approaching for one of the international community’s favourite formals.
Young women of Irish heritage have a few days left to put their names forward for the 15th annual Luxembourg Rose Ball--or get nominated.
Roses are meant to embody the best of Irish culture. The Luxembourg Rose will be selected during a formal ball on Saturday 12 March. Then 68 Roses, representing Irish counties and overseas communities, will participate in the Rose of Tralee International Festival starting Wednesday 17 August. One of 32 finalists will be crowned in a ceremony broadcast live on Irish TV channel RTÉ One on Tuesday 23 August.
This year the Luxembourg Rose committee has also launched a “Refer a Rose” programme. “If you know someone who is eligible to enter the 2016 Luxembourg Rose, but she may need a little gentle persuasion from her friends to sign up,” nominate her by sending an email to the Rose committee. Organisers said: “If she enters the 2016 Luxembourg Rose, you could win a ticket to the Rose Ball” in March.
The entry criteria, as published by the Rose committee:
a) Be 18 years of age by 1 January 2016 and will not have reached your 28th birthday on or prior to 1 September 2016.
b) Be unmarried or never been married.
c) Be born in Ireland, be an Irish citizen or be of Irish origin by virtue of one of your ancestors having been born in Ireland.
d) Be living in the region you wish to represent for a minimum of one year,
e) Never have previously represented any Centre as a Rose in the Regional Festival or International Rose of Tralee Selection.
f) Be available for Rose Selection events and if selected be available for the Regional Festival and International Festival events.
For more information about entering, contact the Luxembourg Rose committee via email.