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Who will be crowned Waterford's Barony of Gaultier Rose 2019?

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The Carbally Community Development Project will hold the third annual Barony of Gaultier Rose Festival in The Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant, Dunmore East, County Waterford, this Friday.

This year’s festival, like its predecessors, promises to be a spectacular event. Vying for the coveted crown include Dunmore East’s Ava Caulfield (16), Caoimhe Forrest (16), Laura Colfer (17) and Sophie Bergin (16), Ballinamona’s Lauren Heyes (16), and Carballymore’s Sinead McHugh (16). 

The girls taking part in the competition will be treated to a sit down meal at 6pm. The Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant is also laying on a special two course dinner with tea or coffee afterwards for those attending the Rose contest at 7pm. This meal will be at the knockdown price of €25. Booking for this offer is essential as a large crowd is expected. Contact The Spinnaker Bar and Restaurant at 051-383133 to reserve your place. The music for the evening will be provided by Acoustic Medicine. There will also be a raffle and spot prizes on the night.

''As well as the Rose contest, we are happy to have Mystic Rosie, the renowned seer and tarot card reader, making a welcome return to our area. She proved to be very popular at the recent Good Old Days Festival and we have been inundated with requests to get her back since. She will do a reading for all of the girls before the contest, but says she won’t be giving any indication to them as to who the winner is - that will be up to the judges to reveal. She will also be available for readings throughout the evening for members of the audience who wish to be informed of what awaits them in their future,'' organisers say. 

The proceedings on the night will be over seen by the reigning Ri Rua of Carbally, Eleanor Halley. The current Rose of Gaultier, Shauna Fitzgerald, will also be on hand to pass the mantle over to the newly crowned Rose.

''We are honoured to have Louise Whittle, a Rose of Tralee contestant herself just a few short years ago and also one time village firefighter, acting as compere for this year’s event. Louise’s husband, a man who obviously has a good eye for a Rose, will take up the role of judge for the night. Louise, as well as conducting the interviews, will also double up as a judge. 

''All in all it promises to be an eventful evening comprised of music, dancing, eating and drinking, beautiful girls, and startling revelations. What more could anyone ask for? So be sure to come along as we know that you’ll enjoy it, Mystic Rosie has told us so.''