The search for the 2013 Derry Rose of Tralee is now firmly on and all eyes will be on Derry this weekend when 13 Roses from all over the County will enjoy a slice of what life could be like as the Derry Rose of Tralee and potentially the International Rose of Tralee.
The Derry Rose Final will be held this Sunday, 21st April 2013 at the City Hotel in Derry, kicking off at 7pm sharp. It promises to be another successful Derry Final with talented, aspiring young women from all over the county taking part. Tickets are nearly sold out and a small number of people will be able to pay in at the door on the night, but advice is to come early for what promises to be a fantastic nights entertainment. Judges will be looking for a Rose who is a real people person, who has ambitions and aspirations, someone who is intellectual, has a great social responsibility and a love for Irish culture & heritage, and above all someone who enjoys meeting new people having great ‘craic’ along the way.
The Derry Rose 2012 Julianna Ayton possessed all of these qualities and many more. Julianna has been a fantastic role model for her County and as a result has enjoyed a busy year of Rose activity. Her duties included various appearances and launches in her home County, attending various Charity Fundraisers and also raising money for her nominated Charity, all of which she enjoyed immensely.
“When I look back on the past year, it is with great delight and immense joy that I reflect on my journey as the Derry Rose 2012. I have been welcomed into a large family, a circle of friends that make up a national and international community. From the very first day I expressed an interest in being a contestant in the Derry Rose heat, the Derry Rose centre assisted me every step of the way. They worked tirelessly, supporting, guiding and mentoring me, pulling out every stop to give me one experience that I will carry with me fondly for the rest of my life.
“Over the past few months I was truly overwhelmed and humbled by the support I received. The support from the entire county of Derry is something I will never forget and even the good luck cards and well wishes that I received on my journey’s throughout the county will always remain very special to me. The Irish Regional Final in Portlaoise was a wonderful eye opening experience. With a weekend of fun, frolics and plenty of dancing, I met 54 women from Ireland and all across the world and I am privileged to say that I made friends for life over those three days.
“One of the main highlights for me was having the privilege of walking in the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York City with the Rose of Tralee herself and a handful of other roses. This journey has been an unforgettable rollercoaster: the people, places, wonderful memories and friends I have made for life - certainly a once in a lifetime experience that I will treasure for years to come.
“I now look forward to supporting Derry’s 2013 selection and the lucky person to go forward to the Irish Regional Finals in June 2013. Go for it girls!! :-)”
The Derry Rose 2012 Julianna Ayton will be in attendance at this year’s 2013 Final where she will pass on her title to the next lucky Derry lady. If you wish to speak with the Derry Rose Centre, please contact Conor Deeny on 07842658184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org