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In Pictures: A glamour affair as crowds turn up in numbers to Laois Rose of Tralee

It was all glitz, glamour, banners, banter and bunting as the crowds turned up the style stakes at the Laois Rose of Tralee selection night tonight in the luxurious surroundings of Castle Durrow.

The Durrow venue – hosting the event for the first time – provided the stunning setting for the grand finale as each worthy contestant showcased their personality, talent and personal flair.

Of course, there is a lot more to their journeys than just the selection night.

For weeks the Rose contestants having been meeting up and having a ball from cocktail nights to Bingo and everything in between.

As ever, the night was hugely entertaining with presenter Ollie Turner from Galway playing a blinder in keeping the whole show moving.

Current International Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher from Waterford was among the star attractions but there was also a number of former Laois Roses in attendance as well as key organisers Steve Cronley and Lyn Moloney.

21-year-old student nurse Sarah Bergin was crowned the 2019 Laois Rose will follow in the footsteps of last year’s representative Grainne Hogan, who served her county brilliantly both on the Dome stage and off it.

As well receiving the coveted sash, the 2019 Laois Rose will walk away with Tipperary Crystal jewelry and an array of prizes.

Sarah will represent Laois in Tralee and is guaranteed to feature on stage and live on TV due to a new format that sees counties now just select a Rose every two years.

The esteemed judges included 1991 Cork Rose Denise O’Sullivan, former Chair of the Laois Rose Centre Sharon Preston and manager of Laois Shopping Centre Kevin Doyle.

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LaoisToday's main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan's at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She's willing to talk about anything - except football!