Looking for our Rose of Tralee

20:58, Mar 10 2013

The Invercargill Irish Society is searching for a Southland lass to represent the region in the national Rose of Tralee competition in May.

Invercargill Irish Society president Lynne Ferguson said Southland entrants would be judged on their confidence, personality, presentation and overall suitability to represent New Zealand on the international stage.

Ideal candidates would know about Southland and be able to speak confidently in public about the region and their heritage, she said.

"We are looking for friendly girls with a nice, bubbly personality and a sense of humour, who will stand out against other candidates."

The winner of the regional competition will represent the province in the national competition in New Plymouth.

The national winner will then travel to County Kerry, Ireland, in August to represent New Zealand in the global competition.

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The Irish Society regional Rose of Tralee competition will coincide with St Patrick's Day celebrations on March 16 at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club.

The Irish shindig will include traditional Irish set dancing and music, followed by supper.

The competition is to open to unmarried women, of Irish heritage, aged at least 18 and not older than 28 in August, who have lived in New Zealand for at least two years.

The global celebration of Irish culture has been an institution in Ireland for the past 54 years. Each year, women of Irish descent compete and hope they may be crowned the Rose of Tralee.

Applications for the Southland Rose of Tralee and tickets for the event can be obtained by emailing gourley.nicole@gmail.com.

The Southland Times