Presenter Daithi O Se photographed with Roses from 2014 Rose of Tralee Festival.Photocall Ireland

Maria Walsh, the Rose of Tralee, has challenged the young men of Ireland and the Diaspora to see if they have what it takes to be a Rose Escort at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival from August 14 to 18.

The March 16 deadline is fast approaching for men aged between 21 and 30 to apply to take part in a life-changing experience at one of the most famous international festivals in the world.

The primary role of a Rose Escort is to look after his Rose and ensure her time at the Festival is a memorable and enjoyable experience.

The successful candidates will take part in a team-building Boot Camp in June at a stunning location in Kerry and participate in Festival events in August including the Gala Rose Ball, parades and five full days of entertainment.

The 2014 Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh, said: "I can guarantee that all of the lads who decide to sign up for this year’s Festival will have the time of their lives. While there are responsibilities that come with the role, they will all manage to have great craic in Tralee! The friendships made during the Festival are lasting!"

In order to be eligible to be a Rose Escort at the Rose of Tralee International Festival applicants must:

- Be male, 21 years of age by January 1, 2015 and not have reached your 31st birthday on or prior to September 1, 2015

- Be unmarried or never been married

- Be born in Ireland or of Irish origin by virtue of one of your ancestors having been born in Ireland

Be available for Selection events and if selected be available for the International Festival events from August 14 - 18, 2015 in Tralee.

One of the 32 Rose Escorts will be announced as the Newbridge Silverware Escort of the Year live on RTE One television on Monday, August 17.

The 2014 Newbridge Silverware Escort of the Year, Conor Walsh, said: "Becoming a Rose Escort in 2013 and again in 2014 has proven to be one of the best decisions of my life. Words cannot describe the amount of fun, laughter and once-in-a-lifetime experiences I have gone through. It has given me the opportunity to meet so many new and interesting people from all over the world and it is something for which I will always be grateful."

Each candidate will be charged an application fee and should he be chosen as a Rose Escort, he will be required to obtain sponsorship.

Lads who are man enough to apply for the job of a lifetime as a Rose of Tralee Escort can do so at before Monday, March 16, or email for more information.