Rose of Tralee 2013 search underway

Updated: 29 January 2013 13:32

The Rose of Tralee International Festival has not only launched a search for the 2013 Rose but has also extended a special invitation for the 'original Gathering'.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival has not only launched a search for the 2013 Rose but has also extended a special invitation for the 'original Gathering'.

The 2012 Rose of Tralee, Nicola McEvoy, was joined by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Leo Varadkar and RTÉ's Rose of Tralee TV Presenter, Dáithí Ó Sé to send the official invitation, a Message in a Bottle launched from the deck of the Kerry-built Jeanie Johnston Replica Famine Ship.

Dáithí, the Minister and the Roses talk to RTÉ TEN

Speaking at the launch, Minister Varadkar said: "The Rose of Tralee has been hosting Gatherings since 1959, so it's great to launch their 'Search for a Rose' during the Gathering 2013.

"I also love the idea of inviting every Rose back to Tralee this year for the Rose Gathering.

"It's a really good example of how a long-established festival can add a new twist for this year's celebrations."

Watch the Rose of Tralee launch here

Since the festival launched in 1959, over 5 million people have attended the Rose of Tralee festival and the Gathering invitation, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, encourages them to return to Kerry for the extended festival from August 14 to 20 this year.

For further information on the 2013 Rose of Tralee or to download an entry form visit www.RoseofTralee.ie

Rose of Tralee Host Dáithí Ó Sé & current Rose of Tralee Nicola McEvoy launch the festival


RTE's Dáithí Ó Sé, current Rose of Tralee, Nicola McEvoy, Minister Leo Varadkar, the first Rose, Alice O'Sullivan (1959, Dublin) and the Millenium Rose, Róisín Egenton (2000, New York).