Sponsored by BAYER LIMITED
Peter is sponsored by Bayer Limited. Aged 27 and a native of Caherconlish Co. Limerick, Peter is a Veterinary Surgeon in private practice. Rugby, horse racing, farming and an 'occasional visit' to the pub are among his leisure pursuits. Membership of Toastmasters International appears to indicate that communicating with his Rose will not be a problem! "I enjoy having a good time and I make sure that everyone around me does the same" is Peter's promise to both Roses and escorts.
Sponsored by THE MERCER GROUP
Ronan is sponsored by The Mercer Group. Currently managing a number of retail jewellery outlets, Ronan is 25 and from Stillorgan County Dublin. His leisure pursuits include squash, tennis, running, swimming, snowboarding, surfing, golf, cycling and rugby. A significant achievement was completing the Beijing Marathon in 2002. Ronan describes himself as "a down to earth guy with ambition. I believe in being nice to everyone and helping others." Asked to summarise the role of an Escort Ronan quipped "kind of like a golf caddy but in a tux!"
Sponsored by DANNY BYRNES
Enda is sponsored by Danny Byrnes. The 25 year old farmer from Mullingar has qualifications in agriculture and a degree in business studies. He lists "running a business, buying his first house and captaining his GAA Club at U21 and Junior levels" among his life achievements. An unfulfilled ambition is to travel extensively and winning a County Intermediate title with his Club would be the icing on the cake. He describes himself as "easygoing, good humoured and down to earth and says that "with 5 sisters I can definitely handle the pressure of being an Escort!"
Sponsored by THE STAG'S HEAD
Bob is sponsored by The Stag's Head in Dublin. Aged 24 and a native of Sligo, Bob is President of the DIT Students' Union for a second year having graduated with a degree in Transport Technology Management. A man of many interests he includes "bad Karaoke" and "worse D'Unbelieveables impressions" among his leisure pursuits along with kart racing and skiing! 'The Life of Brian' is Bob's favourite movie and Italian & Irish are tops when it comes to food. Bob describes himself as "honest, funny, courteous, chivalrous, socially conscious, friendly and, most of all, presentable".
Sponsored by MARY MOLLOY, SOLICITOR
Paul is sponsored by Kilkenny City solicitor Mary Molloy. Aged 23, a graduate in Theoretical Physics and reading for a Master's in Computational Science, Paul is a native of Athlone, County Westmeath. Last summer Paul worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in the USA. Leisure pursuits include hurling & Gaelic football, fencing, soccer and sailing on Lough Ree. Paul describes himself as "a kind, caring individual who gives much of my time to my family and friends". Reassuringly for the Rose he will be escorting Paul says "I am not one who panics easily"!
Sponsored by KPMG IRELAND
Luke is sponsored by KPMG Ireland where he is employed as an IT Auditor and Consultant. A graduate in Computer Science and aged 27, Luke hails from Terenure in Dublin. His leisure pursuits include outdoor sports generally, particularly participating in Triathlons at home and abroad. Luke also completed a certificate course in Injury and Fitness Management at University College Dublin in May. Describing himself as "outgoing and friendly", he also enjoys travelling. In 2005 Luke helped to raise over €15,000 for the Irish Cancer Society with a sponsored Ultra Marathon Relay through the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada.
Sponsored by WESTERN GARAGES LIMITED
Eoghan is sponsored by Western Garages Limited of Ennis where he is employed as a Car Sales executive. Aged 29 and a graduate in hotel management, Eoghan is a native of Ennis. Salsa dancing, Ennis Junior Chamber, golf, tennis and waterskiing are hobbies and Eoghan says he is "an entertainer when I'm out on the social scene. Sometimes I'm Dr. Phil and I like to lead the good life when the finances allow". With two sisters her would say he is 'chivalrous'. Eoghan's Dad John was an Escort for two years in the 1970s.
Sponsored by HARVEY NORMAN TRADING IRELAND
Colin is sponsored by Harvey Norman Trading Ireland and is employed by them as a manager at their Tralee store. Aged 20 and a native of Navan, in his spare time Colin keeps fit and Gaelic football plays a big part in his life, he has represented Meath at Minor level. He describes himself as "very friendly, an outgoing person who enjoys meeting new people, an easy person to get along with". While he enjoys Italian food Colin says "Mammy's Sunday Roast" is best. His ultimate ambition is to raise the Sam Maguire as Captain of Meath!
Sponsored by DENNEHY'S OF MILLSTREET
Cornelious is sponsored by Dennehy's of Millstreet and works for the company as a haulier.
Aged 24, he is a native of Millstreet County Cork. Leisure pursuits are mixed, ranging from set dancing, travelling and socialising to composing poetry. Cornelious describes himself as "having more friends than enemies; enjoy having the craic, a good organiser with an ability to make others feel at ease. I can cope with all sorts of obstacles!" His 3 ambitions are to publish a volume of poetry, write a novel and travel the world.
Sponsored by RICHARD KEENAN & COMPANY LIMITED
James is sponsored by Richard Keenan & Co. of Borris, Co. Carlow and is employed by the company as Service Manager. Aged 29, James is a native of Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny and a graduate in Agricultural Science from UCD. He has a great interest in sport generally as a participant or spectator but hurling is special to him. He says his qualities would include "perseverance, determination, patience and humour; I like to make people feel happy and comfortable". A man of action, James' favourite movies are 'Braveheart' and 'Gladiator'.
Sponsored by MANN ENGINEERING / PREMIER MACHINE TOOLS LIMITED
Eamonn is sponsored by Mann Engineering/Premier Machine Tools Limited where he is employed as a Toolmaker and CNC Machine programmer. Eamonn is 24 and a native of Newbawn County Wexford where he runs the family farm. Hobbies include GAA, skiing and travelling. He has been a member of the Reserve Defence Forces for 5 years where he regularly wins 'Best Shot' on rifle teams. He describes himself as "likeable and relaxed". Eamonn emphasises that with 3 sisters he has "some idea of how to treat women" and he believes the essence of being an Escort is to treat his Rose "with respect".
Sponsored by DAVEY FINANCIAL SERVICES
Ken is sponsored by Davey Financial Services. Aged 24 and a native of Sligo, Ken is a member of An Garda Síochána and lives in Clonsilla, Dublin 15. Prior to becoming a Garda Ken worked in banking and he holds a degree in Transport & Logistical Management.
Rugby, karting, skiing, boxing, acting, singing, movies, reading and travelling are Ken's hobbies. "I'm easygoing, approachable and adaptable and I view my role as an Escort as being a supportive companion to the Rose – a perfect Irish gentleman".
Sponsored by MULLINGAR NISSAN/CHEVROLET
Kevin is sponsored by Mullingar Nissan/Chevrolet where he is employed as After-Sales Manager/Sales. Aged 28, he is from Kinnegad County Westmeath and his hobbies include football, jet skiing and socialising with friends. Kevin's favourite food is "Mammy's cooking". He describes himself as "an outgoing personality that enjoys female company". His unfulfilled ambition is "to find the perfect woman of my dreams". Kevin's favourite film is "Titanic, because I am a true romantic!"
Sponsored by TRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES LONGFORD
John is sponsored by Trust Financial Services Longford. Aged 26, John is a Primary School Teacher at Curraghmore National School, near Mullingar. Leisure pursuits for John include Gaelic football as a player and intercounty coach, acting in both Scór and Mullingar Drama Society and reading. He describes himself as "considerate, thoughtful, and confident; a caring person, sociable amongst people of any age." Life ambitions include travelling the world, especially Australia, winning a Scór All Ireland medal for recitation and winning an Intermediate Championship with his club, Shandonagh.
Sponsored by CAMPION SPARROW INSURANCES
Joseph is sponsored by Campion Sparrow Insurances where he is employed as a Commercial Executive. He is 26 and from Coolrain County Laois where he runs the family farm. Soccer, rugby and badminton, dancing, movies and community events are among Joseph's hobbies and he particularly enjoys farming-based events. "I am very outgoing and I try to see the positive side to life" is how Joseph describes his personality, "I am successful in my commercial career and in farming, due to being competitive".
Sponsored by THE FITZPATRICK DESIGN COLLECTION BEACON & MORGAN HOTELS
Derek is sponsored by The Fitzpatrick Design Collection Beacon & Morgan Hotels. He is 24 and a native of Donoughmore, County Limerick. Derek is Secondary School Teacher (French & Spanish) in Greystones, Co. Wicklow and is currently on work experience with TV3, Derek also sings with the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir. Unfulfilled ambitions include working as a TV Presenter, finishing lifeguard training and swimming across Peru's Lake Titicaca. This is Derek's second year as an Escort, "I have to say I had a fantastic time last year, it was a challenging but fulfilling experience!"
Sponsored by THE BACHELOR INN
Philip is sponsored by The Bachelor Inn, Dublin. Aged 29 and a native of New Ross County Wexford, Philip works in the family business which includes farming, construction and milling interests. Motor racing has been an important part of Philip's life and he has competed at the highest level in Ireland. Unfortunately a move to the US to race fell through when sponsorship didn't work out! Philip's outlook in life is "No regrets. Work hard, play hard and treat other people as you would like to be treated yourself".
Sponsored by McMAHONS OF MONAGHAN
Garryowen is sponsored by McMahons of Monaghan. Aged 26 and a native of Castleblayney County Monaghan, Garryowen is GAA Games Promotions Officer with the Dublin County Board. An accordion player of note, Garryowen has represented Ireland at an international music festival in Britain. Sport plays an important part in the life of this graduate of Sport, Recreation and PE; not surprisingly GAA tops the list of favourite sports. "My friends would say I am easygoing, polite, courteous, kind and possessing a sense of humour. I would say I am flexible"
Sponsored by DAN McNALLY CRANE HIRE LTD.
Bernard is sponsored by Dan McNally Crane Hire Ltd. This Monaghan native is 26, a Technical Sales Engineer, is a member of the Reserve Defence Forces who participated in the Commemoration of the 1916 Rising. Bernard recently received his Gold Gaisce Award from President McAleese. Plans for Bernard's future include studying for a Master's in Industrial Engineering at UCD and travel all over the globe. Bernard describes himself as "Fully aware that all work and no play make Jack dull. I have developed a kind and fun-loving personality".
Sponsored by O'TOOLE TRANSPORT OF MOYCULLEN
Kieran is sponsored by O'Toole Transport of Moycullen, Co, Galway where he is currently employed by the company as a driver. The 24-year old engineering graduate from DIT hails from Neale in County Mayo and his leisure pursuits include skiing, shooting, swimming and karting. In 2004 Kieran raised in excess of €25,000 when he drove a van, in reverse, from Mayo to Dublin as part of the People In Need Telethon. Kieran describes himself as 'outgoing, active, fairly confident and chivalrous'.
Sponsored by EVO-STIK
James is sponsored by Evo-Stik. Aged 24 and a Sales Representative, James is a native of Skerries, Co. Dublin. A Scout Leader, a lover of outdoor activities and with a keen interest in wildlife, James is currently studying reflexology. James believes that his "conversation skills, organisational skills and my sense of humour" are what makes him successful as an Escort.
Sponsored by CLONPRIEST CONSTRUCTION LIMITED
Luke is sponsored by Clonpriest Construction Limited. A Sales Representative, Luke is 25. This native son of Youghal describes his personality as "bubbly. I love having a laugh and I would make any Rose feeling uneasy comfortable". Playing the guitar and a general love of music are listed by Luke as hobbies and his set dancing skills have won him prizes at provincial level. Luke admits to having the travel bug and he hopes to satisfy that yearning at some point in the 'far distant future'.
Sponsored by MacANTHONY REALTY INTERNATIONAL
Michael is sponsored by MacAnthony Realty International. A Chartered Physiotherapist by profession, the 26 year old native of Skibbereen holds degrees in physiotherapy and sports health & physical education. Leisure pursuits include golf, movies and working out in the gym. "I would describe myself as a caring person, outgoing and friendly, who likes spending time with people" is Michael's description of himself. Asked if he could waltz, Michael replied honestly "kind of!"
Sponsored by JIM DILLON & LESLIE HORMAN ENGINEERING LIMITED
Ciarán is sponsored by Jim Dillon & Leslie Horman Engineering Limited. A native of Corofin, County Clare, Ciarán is 23 and an engineer. This is his second year as an Escort. Asked to describe himself Ciarán replied "I'd like to think of myself as kind hearted, someone who loves a laugh but level headed too". He enjoyed being an Escort last year, "I had a great time at the festival and I learned a lot from the experience!"
Sponsored by MIDLANDS MORTGAGES
Patrick is sponsored by Midland Mortgages. Aged 25 and from Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Patrick is a graduate in Civil Engineering from UCD, currently working in project management. Patrick says of himself "I have good organisational skills which I think will be in vital as an Escort. I am easy going and I find it easy to get on with others and I am patient. This may have something to do with growing up with two sisters!"
Sponsored by McGARRELL REILLY HOMES LTD
Barry is sponsored by McGarrell Reilly Homes Limited. A native of Castleknock and aged 25, Barry is a member of An Garda Síochána. Interests include GAA, horse racing and greyhounds and Chinese food rates highly. Barry describes himself as "easygoing, cheerful, well-mannered and reliable, self confident and cheeky. All qualities that will assist me in mixing with the Roses and the Escorts".
Sponsored by CORK ROSE CENTRE
Owen won the competition organised by the Cork Rose Centre to be an Escort. A structural engineer by profession, Owen is 21 and a native of Ballyhea, Co. Cork. A very successful hurler, Owen's other hobbies are football and soccer and his favourite dish is Irish Stew. Owen regards himself as "honest, an open minded person and easy going though I would be very focused on any task that I undertake".
Sponsored by CITYWEST HOTEL
Niall is sponsored by CityWest Hotel, Dublin. A Business Analyst with AIB, Niall is from Greenhills in Dublin 12. Aged 27, Niall has represented Ireland in bowling competitions (he is the youngest President of Crumlin Bowling Club in its 60 year history). "I am Sports & Social coordinator for our department of 400 I AIB so you have to be organised to please a load of bankers". Asked what his favourite food was Niall replied "I'll try anything once!"
Sponsored by de STAFFORD BRIDAL
Leon is sponsored by de Stafford Bridal. Aged 25, Leon lives in Donabate, Co. Dublin and works in the IFSC as a Senior Compliance Assistant with an international company providing third party fund administration services to the global funds industry. Describes himself as "first and foremost I'm a people person, adventurous, intelligent, spontaneous, charming, witty, confident and sensitive. Hopefully these qualities will benefit me as an Escort!"
Escort of the Year 2005
The Escort of the Year is automatically invited back in the following year. The 29 year old Castlebar native is a Director of Ground Marketing, a full service below the line marketing company. Pádraig believes that his selection by the Roses as 2005 Escort of the Year reflects five years of running a business "where diplomacy and communications skills are crucial and being a leader without being obvious about it!" He is looking forward "immensely" to returning to Tralee and "being a support to the other Escorts wherever I can".