ROSEOFTRALEE.IE will go into meltdown this week when girls aged 6 to 10 (and their parents) begin to download Rose Bud application forms for this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival from 16-22 August.
Each lucky Rose Bud will be twinned with a Rose, take part in two parades, attend an exclusive Rose Bud Party with the Roses and much more during the week-long festival.
Three of last year’s Rose Buds, Niamh Harty from Ballyheigue, Ciara Harris from Tralee and Geraldine Knott from Kilflynn met Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney recently to launch the 2017 search for Rose Buds.
50 children from Kerry and beyond will be chosen through the direct application process, while a further 15 Rose Bud places will be allocated through various Rose of Tralee and associated sponsor promotions over the coming months., an online flower store which offers a delivery service throughout Ireland and worldwide through a network of florists, are looking forward to sponsoring this year’s Rose Buds.
The Marketing Director of, Gina O’Neill, said: “Following the success of our 2016 collaboration, are delighted to be an official sponsor of the Rose of Tralee again in 2017. The Rose of Tralee is a festival that is massively known here in Ireland and throughout the world. In addition to sponsoring all flowers for the festival in August, are also providing flowers and entertainment for the Rose Buds and working closer with Rose Centres in Ireland and around the world. We are looking forward to another successful partnership with the Rose of Tralee International Festival.”
Crag Cave in Castleisland, one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions, and McDonald’s Tralee have announced that they will continue to support this year’s Rose Buds during the Festival in August.
Rose Bud application forms are available from,, Crag Cave and the Rose of Tralee International Festival Office, Denny Street, Tralee.
The deadline for the receipt of completed application forms and the non-refundable €25 registration fee is 5pm on Wednesday 24th May 2017. Successful applicants will be required to make a €50 contribution to cover participation costs during the festival.