I had a busy week running around picking up the last few things ahead of my trip to Tralee. There was great excitement in the build-up to my send-off party in Rooskey last Friday night – everyone is so full of support and well wishes!
Thursday, August 9th
Two of my cousins visited me this evening and we spent a few hours trying on outfits and going through my schedule and labelling different outfits for different events. I had to but two extra clothes rails for the spare room to hang up all my dresses! I also picked up my hats from Rachel Feeley in Roscommon – they are amazing!
Friday, August 10th
Had my send-off party in my home village of Rooskey tonight – so much fun! It all felt surreal…every time I put on the Roscommon Rose sash I have to pinch myself! All my relatives were there, from as far away as Dublin and Portlaoise, and so too were all my friends from Roscommon and the Rose Committee. Roses from previous years were there to lend their support too as well as many people from the local community.
Saturday, August 11th
Another busy day as I had to organise my work and make sure that everything is covered for the next couple of weeks. My cousins were a big help again as we finished my packing. I then had a hair appointment before heading to the Kilbeggan Races. From there I attended another send-off party, this time at the Red Parrot in Roscommon town along with Roscommon Rose Escort, Paul Clabby. Paul is an absolute gentleman and I’m delighted that he’ll be in Tralee with me. Whatever Rose he ends up with will be very lucky!
My family, friends and members of the Roscommon Solstice Choir also came along and we had another great night. The excitement is really building now!
Sunday, August 12th
Final checks done! I’ve had a lovely day with my family and friends. I met my friends for lunch before going to a family fun day in Annaduff, where my mother grew up and where my granny still lives. I chilled out with extended family in granny’s for a while and they toasted me with champagne! We finished off the weekend with dinner to celebrate both my Rose journey and my brother’s birthday! Roll on Tralee!
*Roscommon Rose Eimear Reynolds will be in Tralee this weekend for the 2018 Rose of Tralee Festival which runs from Friday until next Tuesday (21st).