Rose of Tralee regional final takes place tomorrow night.

Three roses are to be selected at the inaugural regional Rose of Tralee final tomorrow night. 14 girls are to compete in the event which begins with a black tie ball tonight. A full weekend of activities is planned for the contestants. The regional final has been organised as part of the new structure for the festival. This year`s event is expected to be a scaled down version of previous festivals in an attempt to keep the new company on a solid financial footing. The rose of Tralee narrowly escaped liquidation after creditors owed almost one million euro accepted a settlement of 30 per cent of their debts. A new company has now taken ownership of the festival and the brand, under managing director Anthony O Gara. The regional final is expected to be an annual event.

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