Tipperary garda, farmer and performing arts graduate among list of Rose of Tralee 2018 escorts

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Tipperary garda, farmer and performing arts graduate among list of  Rose of Tralee 2018 escorts

Pictured L-R Timmy Dunne, Jason Gibbons and Nicholas Corcoran are among the 58 Rose Escorts selected for this year's festival

A farmer, a garda and a performing arts graduate are among the line up of escorts from Tipperary at this year’s Rose of Tralee festival.

Timmy Dunne, Jason Gibbons and Nicholas Corcoran earned their place in the highly coveted line up following a series of interviews and gruelling bootcamp challenges along the Wild Atlantic Way earlier this month, and are now set to join their fellow escorts from across the country at the annual Rose of Tralee Festival in August.

Nenagh native Jason Gibbons, 25, says he is delighted to take up the chance of acting as an escort for the festival having spent the last three years living in Tralee where he is based as a member of An Garda Siochana. The travel and photography fan previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in Mary Immaculate College before joining the ranks in Templemore in 2015.

“Having lived and worked in Tralee for the past three years, I have seen how amazing the Rose of Tralee Festival is and I am delighted to have the chance to take part as a Rose Escort,” he said.

Also making up the Tipperary Rose escort list is twenty-two year old University of Limerick graduate Timmy Dunne from Gortnahoe. The Gortnahoe - Glengoole clubman recently graduated with a degree in Performing Arts and says he now hopes to go on to study primary school teaching.

Also representing the premier county is Birr farmer Nicholas Corcoran who is now based in Lorrha. Twenty-four year old Corcoran recently returned home to Ireland after spending the last year living and working in Sydney Australia.

“With a degree in Agricultural Science my true passion is farming and I look forward to being a part of Ireland's bright agricultural future,” he says.

Twenty-six year old Laura Durkan from Glenconnor, Clonmel will represent Tipperary in the Dome in Tralee. 

The 2018 Rose of Tralee Festival takes place from August 17 to 21.