Gaelic Culture

We have a number of social events every year, but our major social event is the annual Rose of Tralee Gala Night.

The Rose of Tralee

2016 Texas Rose of Tralee, Katherine O’Sullivan

Congratulations, Katherine O’Sullivan, the 2016 Texas Rose of Tralee!  We are so thrilled that you won and against such a strong group of 10 other contestants!

Katherine represented Texas in Tralee at the Rose of Tralee 2016 from 17th – 23rd August 2016.

Austin Rose Eligibility Criteria

  • Be 18 years of age by January 1, 2016 and will not have reached your 28th birthday on or prior to September 1, 2016.
  • Be unmarried or never been married.
  • Be born in Ireland or an Irish citizen or of Irish origin by virtue of one of your ancestors having been born in Ireland.
  • Be living in the region you wish to represent for a minimum of one year and recommend that if selected as the Rose, that you will remain resident in this region for the following 12 months.
  • Have never previously represented any Centre as a Rose in the Regional Festival or International Rose of Tralee Selection.
  • Be available for Rose Selection events and if selected be available for the Regional Festival and International Festival events.

Download the flyer here.

The Rose of Tralee is an International Festival that takes place in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland every August. It is based around the selection of the Rose of Tralee, an international event that encompasses young women of Irish descent from Ireland and around the world. Over thirty international centers worldwide share the goal of fostering awareness of Irish heritage primarily among young women of Irish ancestry, each selecting a Rose with… “The truth in her eyes ever dawning”… to represent their community in Tralee.

One of thirteen US centers, the state of Texas sends one young woman each year to the International Festival. The centerpiece of events is the annual Rose of Tralee Selection and Gala. It is here where a single young lady of Irish descent, between the ages of 18 and 28 is selected to be the “Texas Rose of Tralee.” It is these young ladies who participate in the event who give new life and meaning to the ancient Irish Ballad of lost love and perpetual truth, “The Rose of Tralee”.

For the past four years we have selected an Austin Rose to represent the Austin community at the Texas Grand Final. We hope that you will take some time to browse through and learn more about The Rose of Tralee and what events take place to foster the awareness of the Irish Heritage and Culture.