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Westport in bloom to welcome Roses

Westport in bloom to welcome Roses

Ciara Galvin

This week sees the selected Roses participating in this year’s Rose of Tralee embark on a week-long tour of Ireland, and tomorrow (Wednesday) will see them stop in Westport.
The group of 32 hopefuls ranging from Washington to Waterford, and Derby to Donegal will be staying in the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel. As a major sponsor of the international festival, the Carlton Hotel Group have invited the Roses to stay at the hotel and attend a charity evening of entertainment.
One Rose who will be familiar with the surroundings is Ballvary woman and Mayo Rose, Dervla Kenny.
The Roses are set to arrive into Westport town in a procession of cars sponsored by Tim Hastings at 5pm on Wednesday evening where they will then make their way to a stage which will be erected at The Quay.
Welcoming the Roses to proceedings will be TD and Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring and Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council, Cllr Ollie Gannon.
Speaking to The Mayo News about tomorrow's proceedings, Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel Sales and Marketing Manager, Michelle Ryan explained that the Roses have a busy schedule. “After the Roses check in they’ll have about an hour to get ready before the evening of events kick off at 8pm.”
The Roses will get a chance to sample an evening of entertainment with the hotel teaming up with Westport Lion’s Club and national charity AWARE for a charity casino evening.
With a champagne reception, a seafood bar, jazz music and fireworks over Clew Bay to round of events, Michelle described it as ‘an informal night where people can meet the Roses’.
Ms Ryan said that interest in the evening had been ‘very good’ and suggests that anyone wanting to purchase a ticket should contact Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel on 098 29000. Tickets are priced at €25 with all proceeds going to AWARE and Westport Lion’s Club.

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