Tara is Cavan's Rose

Cavan crowned a new Rose on Sunday night following a Selection Night in the Hotel Kilmore.

One of Ireland’s most enduring festivals, The Rose of Tralee, is beckoning for Tara Rogers as the local organisers selected her to represent the county in the 2022 Rose Festival.

Cavan has not had a new Rose since 2018 when Killinkere’s Rachel Cusack took the crown - making her the longest serving Cavan Rose in the history of the competition, and at the weekend she handed over her crown to this year's representative.

Knockbride’s Tara works as a school teacher in Drumbaragh National School. She enjoys watching and playing football with the Knockbride ladies. She also has a huge interest in music and enjoys singing the national anthem at Cavan matches. She explained, “It would be a huge honour to represent my county and my family at the rose of Tralee festival this year, it’s something I’ve always watched from a young age.”

Tara was sponsored by PSC Carpentry & Roofing Ltd. A reorganisation of the Rose of Tralee Festival in 2019 meant that only 32 Roses would be hosted in Tralee annually. As a result, Cavan would only have a Rose every second year but, in 2020, the Cavan Rose was guaranteed a televised interview at the international finals Tralee.

That is until Coronavirus struck and, like many other international events, the Rose of Tralee festival wilted. The event is now back in full bloom.

The 2014 Cavan Rose, Laura Galligan, and her sister Sinead are organising this year’s event.

Laura told the Celt: “We had 11 fantastic women participating this year with an abundance of personality and talent. Their families, friends and sponsors should be very proud.”