Cork’s representative at this year’s Rose of Tralee competition will be announced this Saturday night at an event in the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.
Fifty-one young women are vying for the honour of wearing the Cork sash at the festival in August.
Since June 9, the group has been attending events around the county, taking in everything from horse-racing to whiskey-tasting. Coordinator Denis Griffin said they were hugely grateful to all their sponsors.
An evening at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium on June 9 was followed by a hectic day on June 10. The Rose entrants were taken on a tour of the Jameson Experience before visiting Mahon Point and Cork Airport.
This was followed by a number of stops around west Cork, culminating in the Cork Rose dinner at the Celtic Ross hotel in Rosscarbery.
The women fitted in a cruise around Kinsale harbour on the way back to the city before finishing the evening with a reception at the Secret Garden.
They spent June 18 at Mallow Racecourse, accompanied by 2016 Cork Rose Denise Collins and the judges.
Two of the judges making the decision are former Roses themselves. Deborah Barrett represented Cork in 2005 while Síle Ní Dheargáin was the Kerry Rose in 2011. Completing the three-person judging panel is Eugene Sheehy, who acted as an Escort at the 2014 Rose of Tralee Festival.
Mr Griffin explained the judges will have met the entrants several times in recent weeks.
“They were at the races with them, plus each entrant will have had an individual interview. There will also be group interviews, where seven or eight entrants will meet with the judges who will watch them interact as they discuss a variety of topics.” And what to expect on Friday and Saturday night? “It will be exactly like what you see on TV at the Rose of Tralee but without the cameras.” Ollie Turner of Galway Bay FM will interview the entrants and tickets will be on sale at the door.