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Local send-off for Luxembourg Rose Síle

02.08.2016 From our online archive
Luxembourg Rose Síle Reidy heads for Ireland next week where she will represent the Grand Duchy in one of the biggest celebrations of Irish culture: the International Rose of Tralee Festival.

(JB) Luxembourg Rose Síle Reidy heads for Ireland next week where she will represent the Grand Duchy in one of the biggest celebrations of Irish culture: the International Rose of Tralee Festival.

The globetrotting Irish national who lives and works in Luxembourg was selected from five contestants with Irish heritage in Luxembourg at the 15th Rose Ball on March 12.

For Síle, the trip will be like going home as she hails from Tralee, the town hosting the festival from August 17. Síle will be one of 65 Roses competing for the title of 2016 International Rose of Tralee. Each girl will be interviewed over the course of August 17 and 18.

“We have high hopes of our Rose Síle being one of the 32 Roses proceeding to the TV selection nights which will take place on place on August 22 and 23 August 2016,” said Luxembourg Rose centre president Thérèse Collins.

The overall winner will be selected on August 23. To give Síle a warm send-off, a small reception will be hosted at The Tube, in Luxembourg City on Friday, August 5, from 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

To follow Síle's progress in Ireland, keep an eye on the Luxembourg Rose Facebook page and Luxembourg Rose Twitter account.

What is the Rose of Tralee?

The Rose of Tralee is an international contest celebrated by Irish communities in Ireland and around the world.

Candidates with Irish heritage are selected from various Rose centres and aach year, a young woman is crowned Rose in Tralee.

The winner is the woman who best meets the attributes from the song “The Rose of Tralee”, “lovely and fair”.

The selection is based on personality and judges endeavour to select a positive role model and ambassador for the festival and for Ireland.

2012 Luxembourg Rose Nicola McEvoy was the first Luxembourg representative to win the title when she was crowned International Rose in 2012, an opportunity which enabled her to travel around the world and meet US president Barack Obama.