It will be an exciting year for award winning Wedding Co-ordinator Imelda Scally, who has been chosen as the 2018 Leitrim Rose.
Imelda who is originally from Roscommon but is now loyal to the green and gold was chosen as Leitrim's Rose 2018 in The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon last Saturday, May 12.
Nine young ladies from around Leitrim participated in the interviews and selection night at the weekend. MC Ollie Turner from Galway Bay FM announced Imelda as the judges choice.
Imelda told the Leitrim Observer, “it was a wild night, a fantastic experience.” Imelda had a hectic weekend, getting up early for the Darkness into Light walk on Saturday morning, taking part in the Rose selection and celebrations and then working in The Landmark Hotel on Sunday.
Imelda said she was shocked to win as she didn’t know what the judges were looking for so “I was just myself, chatting away.”
The bubbly lady is from Loughglynn in Co Roscommon, she has been living in Carrick for the past three years and now “feels part of the community here.”
Imelda was introduced to the idea of Leitrim Rose by her friend Zara Healy who represented Leitrim in 2014. She said she hopes to make lifetime friends around the world . “It is such an amazing opportunity,” she added.
There are no longer regional finals, all roses will attend the festival in Tralee. All Irish roses will be interviewed by the international judging panel in July but they won’t know if they will “get near Daithi O Sé” until a few days before the show.
Imelda said she is still deciding if she will do a party piece, but if she does it will be “something different.” The wedding co-ordinator knows all about the importance of the right dress for your big day, she is excited to get working on her wardrobe for the Rose of Tralee events and hopes she can work with some local designers for her perfect ball gown.
Imelda promises you will see her around, she hopes to attend a number of focal Leitrim events this year and thanks everyone for their kind words and support so far.
As part of the selcction night at the weekend a group of Syrian and Kurdish women from the Ballaghadereen Refugee Centre were invited guests to enjoy the nights entertainment.
CEO of The Rose of Tralee, Mr Anthony O Gara and his wife Oonagh were in attendance and presented one Syrian girl with an honourary Rose Sash after she gave an account of her background and troubled past to a hushed crowd.
Brendan Galvin, Leitrim Rose Centre said, “The night was a major success and thoroughly enjoyable for the contestants and their supporters. Imelda has been chosen to represent the other contestants in Tralee and she has an amazing year ahead of her.”
Imelda said she will need to get a half and half jersey for the Leitrim Roscommon game in two weeks time, she wishes both teams the best of luck.