I'll blow ratings sky high, says Dublin Rose
DUBLIN Rose Claire Lennon has vowed to single-handedly boost RTE's ratings when her army of fans cheer her on at this month's Rose of Tralee final.
The 24-year-old is representing the capital in the 2013 Rose of Tralee and Claire says that the atmosphere in her native Rathfarnham has been electric.
"Everyone in our community is so excited to have a Rose so I think RTE will see their viewership go mad with the event," Claire told the Herald. "We're a close community, I went to school in the area so the support has been incredible. They're all going to be watching or travelling down."
Claire will start her journey to Tralee when the official Rose tour kicks off in the capital on August 11.
She has been approached by a number of different designers who want her to represent them at next week's festival and will collect the all important dress for her TV appearance from Dublin designer Dawn Fitzgerald today.
"I have most things together but it's just a case of getting little things, like if I see any nice handbags.
"I have received a lot of help from designers and people who are sponsoring me so I am one lucky rose."
Claire is a PR officer for Cullen Communications in Dublin and she says that her job is fully behind her.
"It's interesting to see how things work in this context because you are usually on the other side," she said.
"As soon as I won the Dublin Rose, preparations started straight away so I haven't thought ahead yet and I'm just going to see how the year goes."
The keen actress stood out from the crowd at the Dublin finals when she impressed the judges with a short comedy piece.
She is hoping to recreate the monologue if she is one of the 32 roses picked during the live finals. "I am involved in the Taney Drama Society in Dundrum so I am used to acting on the stage."