The Rose of Tralee, Dr Jennifer Byrne was joined by RTEs Rose of Tralee host Dáithí Ó Sé, in Galway to launch the search for her successor who will be crowned in the Festival Dome on Tuesday, August 21. To apply online to be a Rose in 2018, visit (Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus)

The search for the next Rose of Tralee has officially begun. Daithi O’Shea who has presented the show for the past nine years, and current Rose of Tralee, Dr Jennifer Byrne officially launched the search last Friday, Jan 12. 

“All I can say to any young woman is to go for it and apply,” said the current Rose of Tralee, Jennifer Byrne. “The Rose of Tralee international Festival has truly been the most incredible experience of my life and I hope to encourage as many young women as possible to take part and become their local Rose,” she said.

The winner of the 2018 International Rose of Tralee Festival will be presented with a complete collection of Tipperary Crystal fine jewellery and a range of high quality products from their giftware and homeware collections.

The Rose of Tralee will also drive away from Tralee in a brand new KIA from McElligotts Tralee, a world travel prize valued at €25,000 and a week long holiday in Kerry from Kerry County Council.

Every return visit to Tralee during the 2018 Rose of Tralee’s reign will be spent in comfort at the magnificent 4-star Rose Hotel, the home to the Rose of Tralee International Festival.

If you think you could be this years Cork, Waterford, Limerick or Tipperary Rose you can apply online or through the Rose centre in your county.