Rose on way to Tralee

Last updated 08:21 15/08/2012

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New Plymouth's Irish rose has arrived in Dublin ready to begin a marathon of wardrobe changes.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival starts on Friday but for now New Plymouth District Council recreation and events administrator Alana Marshall is in Dublin meeting her competition.

After winning the New Zealand Rose of Tralee in May she yesterday joined the 31 other winners from around the world.

They will spend three days in Dublin before boarding the Rose of Tralee tour bus later in the week.

Along the way are a number of official engagements that involve a day dress and evening attire, about 20 dresses in total, before the group arrive in Tralee on Friday.

Each will be assigned an escort who will be their chaperone for the five-day festival, which kicks off with a ball.

A friend of Miss Marshall's mother, New Plymouth designer Belinda Hunt, gifted Alana the dress she will wear to the ball.

Miss Marshall's parents, David and Nuala Marshall, are travelling with their daughter and providing the Taranaki Daily News with updates at

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