Scholarship in memory of Texas Rose launched in UL

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

A NEW scholarship has been created in the University of Limerick in memory of the 2010 Texas Rose of Tralee who died suddenly from a cranial aneurysm last year.

A NEW scholarship has been created in the University of Limerick in memory of the 2010 Texas Rose of Tralee who died suddenly from a cranial aneurysm last year.

The Adrienne Hussey Scholarship has been established at UL to remember the Rose, who represented her home state in Tralee in 2010.

Limerick man Robbie Costello, who was an escort the year Adrienne represented Texas, explained that her death “shocked the group to the core and we’ve been trying to come up with a suitable way of remembering her in a way she would have approved of.”

The resulting scholarship, launched last Saturday with the help of Dr Tim McGloughlin, associate professor in biomedical engineering in UL and Sarah Hartnett, funding development manager, University of Limerick Foundation, will allow a student the chance to conduct research into cerebral aneurysms.

Limerick Rose Suzanne O’Brien was at the launch of the scholarship and paid tribute to the Texas Rose.

“I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Adrienne but they paid a lot of tributes to her at regional finals and again when we were in Tralee and we heard a lot of stories about her.

“When I was invited out to UL to help launch the scholarship I was delighted to get on board because it is a really positive thing to come out of such a tragic story. Any awareness that can be raised about brain aneurysms, or studies that can be done to unveil what happens and how it can be treated, would be fantastic. It is great that it is going to be facilitated in UL,” she added.