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Rose of Tralee contestants set for Westport

International Rose of Tralee comes to Westport in August

Ciara Galvin

The Carlton Hotel Group, as a major sponsor of the 53rd International Rose of Tralee Festival, has invited the 32 Roses to Westport and its local hotel the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel will host the Roses during their stay in the town.
This is the first time that all of the Roses will have visited Westport during the whistlestop tour of the country and Gareth McGuinness, General Manager of the Atlantic Coast, is delighted to be hosting the contingent.
Tthe 32 Roses of Tralee will arrive into Westport town in a procession of Mayo Vintage Cars sponsored by the Connacht Vintage and Veteran Motor Club on August 15 and on arrival at the Quay they will be met by their mini escorts and welcomed to Westport by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring. The festival will begin with family fun and entertainment during the afternoon.
To mark this special occasion the hotel have themed up with the Westport Lions Club and National Charity AWARE to create an evening of entertainment not to be missed
Aware is a voluntary organisation formed in 1985 by a group of interested patients, relatives and mental health professionals, whose aim is to assist that section of the population whose lives are directly affected by depression. 450,000 different people suffer from depression in Ireland at any one time but many hide their condition and never get help. Sadly, over 500 people take their own life each year. Since its foundation in 1985, Aware has been working energetically to bring support to depression sufferers and their families, and to dispel the myths and misunderstandings of this devastating illness.
Evening festivities will commence at 8pm; welcoming the 32 Roses to the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel with a Champagne reception, a Seafood Bar and a Charity Casino Evening with Music and Prize Draw. All proceeds raised will be given to the Charity ‘AWARE’ to support their fantastic work and support that they offer, to complete this amazing event will be midnight Fireworks over Clew Bay.
Tickets are on sale now for the evening event €25 each available from the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel 098-29000 and the Westport Lions Club.
If you are a local business and would like to be involved through sponsorship or prize giving please contact Michelle Ryan at the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel on 098-29000 or email mryan@carlton.ie.

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