The search is on for the 2023 Rose of Tralee

2022 Rose of Tralee Rachel Duffy with presenter Daithí Ó Sé, 2022 Kerry Rose Éadaein O’Connell, and last year’s Escort of the Year Shane McHugh. (Picture: Domnick Walsh)

The search for the 2023 International Rose of Tralee and Rose Escort of the Year has officially begun. With Rose selections taking place across 32 centres nationally and worldwide, 2022 Rose of Tralee Rachel Duffy, who was the Westmeath Rose, presenter Daithí Ó Sé and Rose Escort of the Year, Galway’s Shane McHugh last week officially launched the search for the 2023 International Rose of Tralee. 

The launch took place by the Rose of Tralee Statue in Tralee Town Park and the 2022 Kerry Rose, Éadaein O’Connell was also on hand; the statue is a tribute to the original Rose of Tralee, Mary O’Connor, along with her beloved William Pembroke Mulchinock.

The 2023 festival will take place from August 18th – 22nd. Over the coming months, Rose of Tralee regional selections will take place in towns and cities across Ireland, as well as all over the world.

Every Rose that is selected to represent her county, city or country will enjoy a nationwide Rose Tour, showcasing attractions and communities right across Ireland; before arriving in Tralee for five fun-filled days of parades, gala functions, community events, entertainment, the televised Rose selection nights and much more.

2023 Rose Rachel Duffy is encouraging anyone interested to take part.

“I have so many special memories here in Tralee and it has become a home away from home for me. The one thing I can say to any young woman interested is ‘go for it and apply!’ It has truly been the most incredible experience so far and it’s a brilliant opportunity to connect with other women and represent your community on a national stage. I am so grateful for all the lifelong friends and memories I have made on this journey. I wouldn’t change a thing,” 

Tribesman Shane McHugh, the 2022 Benetti Menswear Rose Escort of the Year, said that the experience had been “one of the best years of my life”.

“I’ve travelled the four corners of Ireland, clocking the miles. I’ve gone abroad to Frankfurt and I am heading to America for St Patrick’s Day – it’s been one of the best years of my life. The key takeaway for me has been the lifelong friendships made (not to mention the couches around the world I can crash on!). What a year it’s been. All I can say is, lads get your applications in!”

Applications are now open at