Thirty-three young people are getting ready for the Rose of Tralee festival today, as some of Ireland’s most dashing men make their way to Co Kerry for their first beauty pageant since a two-year hiatus. due to the pandemic.
Among them, Alan Lagrue (28), of Caragh, Co Kildare, said the main reason he signed up to escort a Rose was that his mother always wanted him to.
“I applied because every year in August, my mom puts Rose of Tralee on for the two days it airs, and that’s always something that we’ll sit down and watch together,” he said.
“She made a few suggestions – should I ever apply to be Rose’s escort? So when Covid succeeds, I decided to give it
“So my mom was the biggest influence for me to apply. I was chosen and I am absolutely delighted and she is on the moon. “
Being the escort for a contestant at the Rose of Tralee festival is no feat. Candidates must complete an online form, undergo a group interview, and then meet with a three-member panel to see if they have the right things.
In keeping with the Rose of Tralee competition, the eligibility criteria have changed. This year, only men – including transgender men – aged 32 and under were allowed to participate. However, the rule that escorts must be unmarried – one thing that has changed for the Roses will be the Roses.
Alan said the criteria for both Commissions and chaperones has changed this year which is a positive thing.
It’s good for festivals. It shows that we are moving with the times and the festival is more diverse and inclusive
“The commission changed the rules to allow transgender men and women, women to be mothers, people 30 years of age or older – why not?” he say.
“That’s good for the festival and it shows as a society that we’re moving forward with the times and the festival is more diverse and inclusive. As much as possible. I think everyone should apply. “
Ian Fahey (28), from Clontarf, Dublin, applied to be Rose’s escort because his boyfriend did it at the festival in 2019 and he found it amusing.
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“My boyfriend was the one who escorted Rose and he had the time of his life,” he said. “I submitted the application during the pandemic and then I jotted it down in my mind.
“I’m a very extroverted person, and because of the pandemic, I find that I’ve withdrawn a little bit from a lot of things and a lot of people, so I think this is something that could benefit me, and I think a lot. Many people feel the same way after the pandemic.
“And, I mean, there’s probably no other forum where you just put 50 or 60 new friends on one plate. So I’m really looking forward to meeting new people. I met 32 other escorts and they were all great guys.
“Also, I feel like it’s my duty to apply because there are so many wonderful women in my life and I guess it’s my way of giving back by helping some amazing young women who are Hoa. commission to ensure that they get the best possible experience. “
All 33 escorts met this year’s contestants at the gala in Cork last night. Before that, the Roses had enjoyed another eventful day.
The contestants started their day with a 7km spin on the Limerick Greenway from Newcastlewest to Barnagh.
A meet and greet was held in Carrigaline, Co Cork, while dinner last night was at the Carrigaline Court Hotel.
Tralee International Rose Festival executive director, Anthony O’Gara, said: “It was an exciting evening as Roses International 2022 met the Rose escorts for the first time before us. make the trip to Tralee tomorrow morning for the 2022 Tralee International Festival of Roses. “
The contest begins in earnest today.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/i-felt-i-had-a-duty-to-apply-meet-the-escorts-accompanying-this-years-contestants-at-the-rose-of-tralee-festival-41922091.html ‘I feel it’s my duty to apply’ – Meet the escorts accompanying this year’s contestants at the Rose of Tralee festival