Roses in Westport - Posted by Guest Blogger Garrett McGuinness
On their journey from the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown to Westport, the Roses stopped for lunch at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel where they were treated to a Mad Hatter's Tea Party! They then made the journey to the West Coast and all of us at the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel were delighted to welcome the 32 Rose of Tralee participants to the official welcoming party on Westport Quay.
A great crowd turned out to welcome all 32 Roses to Westport for the first time. For a period it looked as if the weather was going to play havoc, but as always Westport pulled out all stops and the sun appeared as soon as the Roses arrived by Garda escort at the Quay. There was 44 “mini escorts” there to welcome all roses and each was presented with a rose flower. A lively crowd were delighted to get the opportunity to personally welcome the roses, with a special cheer for the Mayo Rose Dervla, when she was announced onto stage.
The evening proceedings involved a charity Casino night where all proceeds went to Westport Lyons Club & charity group Aware and guests were entertained by the Famed Westport Jazz Band and dined on the finest of Seafood that the West has to offer at the Seafood bar and buffet. All in all a great night, topped off at the Quay with Fireworks, and even after the Roses retired, the festival atmosphere went on late into the night!!
All Roses had a well deserved rest this morning and were treated to a relaxing treatment in the Carlton Atlantic Coast’s Indian Ayurveda C Spa. The Sunderland Rose, Talitha, said her foot massage hit the spot perfectly after a long stint in high heels.....and was ready to take to the stage again.
All in all a fantastic time with the Roses in Westport, and we all hope that we get the opportunity to welcome them back next year! Best wishes to all Roses, from all at the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel in Westport!