Saturday 30 May 2009
Inaugural Black Tie Gala Dinner Evening to select the first ever Channel Islands' Rose of Tralee

After a drinks reception, every guest was handed a rose upon entrance before being seated for dinner and listening to performances from the Alan West Combo, the ladies from Les Chansonelles and Aindre Reece Sheerin.
Our extended thanks goes to the Management and Staff of Beau Sejour Leisure Centre, Peter Yates and his Staff of Sueco Catering for making the evening such a success. Every request, no matter how trivial it may have seemed, was listened to and acted upon with the simple philosophy of "no problem - only a solution!" From the e-mails, cards, phone calls and letters sent to us we know that everyone echoed our thoughts on the quality of food whilst enthusing about the whole event.
We also acknowledge that we allowed our programme to over-run and since this was a first, there were a lot of invaluable lessons learnt from it. Lessons which will help us become better equipped to stage the second Channel Islands' Rose of Tralee event in 2010.
Presenting such a professional programme took a lot of time, planning and money. With this in mind we owe our sponsors a debt of gratitude for ensuring the success of the night
In the end there can only be one and the Guernsey Irish Association are proud to announce Leanne Tunney as the 2009 Channel Islands' Rose

The Dave Ferguson Hall, Beau Sejour Leisure Centre, was the venue for our 9 Roses to impress our three judges; Sue Markham (editor GBG Magazine), Seamus Duggan (proprietor Pier 17) and Natalie Sullivan (former Jersey 2006 Rose of Tralee entrant.
This wasn't the X-Factor on show but rather a natural presence of ability nurtured from within, entertaining an audience whilst causing our judges a dilemma deciding the Channel Islands' Rose.
Leanne Tunney
2009 Channel Islands'
Rose of Tralee
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