17 Aug2016 Insomnia representing at Rose of Tralee
I applied to be a Rose Escort after a good friend Dervla a former Mayo Rose, encouraged me to put my name forward. Although I have watched the Rose of Tralee Festival on Tv over the years it was something that I had never really considered applying for. However, having participated in a Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser for my local GAA club St. Patrick's in County Louth, it gave me the confidence to be involved in an event like the Rose of Tralee and embrace the opportunity to meet new people from across the world from every walk of life.
I was absolutely delighted upon hearing the news that I was chosen to be one of the 65 escorts for this year’s festival!
The lead into the festival has been really intense with daily updates coming from our Liaison team to ensure that all escorts are fully up to speed on their briefs for the week. Boot camp was an eye opener as to the amount of hard work and dedication that goes on behind the scenes. The purpose behind the annual boot camp is for all of the escorts and Rose of Tralee team to get to know each other and also to prepare for the festival itself. We participated in a number of tasks including a cycle over Connor Pass, a hike up Mount Brandon, turf-footing, abseiling, kayaking, surfing, ironing and sewing in order to prove that we are all worthy to fulfil the position of a Rose of Tralee escort.
We are extremely lucky to have four Escorts returning to serve alongside us this year. Each of them has filled us in on their own tips and words of wisdom from past experiences, some of which could easily have been over looked by many.
Following the boot camp back in June, myself and a number of the Dublin based escorts set up a tag rugby team together for a 10 week league in Clontarf. It was a great way to get to know some of the guys I will be alongside for the duration of the festival. It was also nice to bounce some ideas off each other and ensure that the preparations were coming along as the date approaches.
Thankfully the preparations are now complete and I am looking forward to meeting as many of the 2016 Roses as possible throughout the week. A few friends and family members are coming down to the festival, which will be kept busy with the large variety of events planned around Tralee for the week.
I’m very grateful for the kind support and sponsorship from my fellow colleagues here in Insomnia. Last Friday “casual Friday” was changed to “dress up” Friday for me where I arrived to work in my tuxedo. I even tested my latte art skills and managed (after some help from some of the latte art pros in the office!) to craft a lovely rose flower on our coffee. I’m thrilled that some of the Insomnia team will also be going down to Tralee in support of the festival! Its sure to be a great week for everyone!