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Maeve Dunne became Laois Rose 2017 just over four months ago. Since then, the first Laois Rose from Mountmellick has had a whirlwind of time – and the countdown to the Festival in Tralee is well and truly on.
“It’s been so busy,” said Maeve. “I suppose it’s only really starting to feel real now.”
“I’ve just met my Rose Bud and her excitement is getting me excited!” she added.
“The support I’ve received has been unbelievable, there’s been a mural painted and everything! Everyone from Laois has been so amazing.”
The 26-year-old has also been receiving words of wisdom from last year’s Laois Rose, Kate Hyland. “Kate has been wonderful. She’s been giving me loads of help, even down to helping my parents decide where to stay down in Tralee.”
Maeve is back in Laois to prepare for the busy few weeks ahead. She was at the Galway Races last week with a number of the other Roses and the they all meet up again this Sunday in Kildare in Kildare to begin their tour of the country.
There will then be two selection nights in Tralee before it’s whittled down to 32 for the live TV show on Monday and Tuesday, August 21-22.
The Dunnes now have a house booked in Tralee and are sure to expect a flood of friends and family all down to see Maeve represent her home county.
We wish Maeve the very best of luck from all at LaoisToday.