ROSE SELECTION: The Kerry Rose selection will take place in Tralee tomorrow night (Saturday) and of the 18 hopeful contestants, six are from the Killarney district.

By Sean Moriarty

There is a one in three chance that the next Kerry Rose will be from Killarney.

Tomorrow night (Saturday), 18 hopefuls will go before the judges in the Ballyroe Hotel to decide who is going to represent the county at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival, which runs from August 23 to 27.

Of the 18, six are from Killarney or its environs.

Judges include 2004 Rose of Tralee Orla O’Shea, while RTÉpresenter Daithi O’Se will act as MC on the night.

The Killarney locals this year include Aoife O’Connor (26) from Beaufort. She works as an SNA at St Francis Special School, having graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Care and Education in 2015.

Karen Dineen (21), fromRathmore has just completed four years of study in Mary Immaculate College Limerick where she studied Early Childhood Care and Education. For the past three years, Karen has been working in the INEC Killarney, as a Box Office Assistant and usher.

Elaine Kelliher (21)from Firies is a Primary Teacher currently working in St Francis Special School, Beaufort having obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Early Child Care and Education from the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

Olwyn Trant (24) from Killarney is a primary school teacher with a first class honours degree from Mary Immaculate College; and now works in Holy Cross Mercy School Killarney.

Robyn O’Callaghan (18) is a student from Tralee, working in Muckross Park Hotel as a Spa Therapist. She graduated this year from the Kerry College of Further Education with a certificate in Beauty Therapy. This accomplishment came after three years battling health problems, which lead to Robyn leaving school in Fifth Year. She hopes to continue her studies in KCFE, in Nursing and Midwifery.