Carlow's Shauna Ray Lacey among 57 Roses en route to Rose of Tralee International Festival

Best of luck, Shauna.

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Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey has been doing an excellent job representing her county

Carlow Rose Shauna Ray Lacey is among the 57 Roses on a two-day tour of Kildare en route to the 2018 Rose of Tralee International Festival. 

Over 1,000 outfits, even more pairs of shoes and numerous hat boxes landing into the reception at the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth can only mean one thing – the Roses have arrived and the Rose of Tralee pre-Festival Tour of Kildare has begun. 

Over two glorious days, the 57 Roses from all over the world will enjoy a "behind the scenes" tour of a few key Kildare flagship locations, before travelling to Kerry for the festival.

The Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Sean Power, said: "Kildare County Council, in partnership with Into Kildare, The Glenroyal Hotel and many wonderful tourism attractions, are proud to welcome all the Roses to Kildare.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to promote Kildare as a county to visit and spend some time exploring and enjoying wealth of experiences.

"We wish the Roses from near and far, as well as their families, a wonderful stay in Kildare, and we hope that they will gather wonderful memories to share with friends and relations.”

Kildare Fáilte’s Rose of Tralee Tour will commence on Monday 13th August with a Civic Reception at the beautiful Burtown House, Athy experiencing a ‘Taste of Kildare’ before an Ernest Shackleton-themed adventure to Athy, celebrating the county’s great explorer and taking in the spirit of Gordon Bennett en route.

The Roses can look forward to a wide range of activities during their stay in Kildare from enjoying some retail therapy at the stunning Kildare Village Retail Outlet to completing St Brigid’s Trail which includes some downtime relaxing at Solas Bhríde Spiritual Centre.

They will also enjoy footing turf at Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Centre, the opportunity to visit Celbridge the home place of Arthur Guinness and a chance to try out their golf in the luxurious surroundings of The K Club.

The Roses will swap their heels for flats when they Roses begin their ascent of Kildare Round Tower, the highest accessible round tower in Ireland, standing at just over 107 feet.

The Glenroyal Hotel & Leisure Centre, Maynooth will be home to the Roses during their two nights in Kildare. The General Manager, Ted Robinson has pulled out all the stops to make sure they have a memorable stay at the hotel, the highlight of which will be the Roses’ Ball in the Glenroyal on Tuesday night.

Food is at the heart of Kildare’s tourist offering and Kildare Fáilte looks forward to giving the Roses a preview of the county’s first Taste of Kildare Food Festival which will take place at the K Club on Sunday 19th August.

Also during their pre-Festival Tour, on Tuesday 14th August, some Roses will visit the world famous Guinness Storehouse where they'll learn to pull the perfect pint and from 10am on Wednesday 15th August, the first full Photocall of all 57 with RTE Presenter, Daithi O Se will take place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The Roses will have lunch at the George Boutique Hotel, Limerick on Wednesday and they are set to arrive at The Rose Hotel, Tralee at 5.30pm.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival will run from Friday, 17th to Tuesday 21st August when the 2018 Rose of Tralee is crowned in the Festival Dome live on RTÉ One. Full details of this year's Rose of Tralee International Festival are available from www.roseoftralee.ie or the Rose of Tralee web-app from iTunes and Google Play Store.