Limerick’s entry in Rose of Tralee competition fails to make it to final

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Limerick Rose Rachel O'Neill with her cousin Steven Cairns, parents Ruth and Charlie and grandparents Kay and Gerry Cairns.   Picture: Richard Mc Carthy/eventcapture.ie
LIMERICK’s entry in the Rose of Tralee has once again failed to make it to the final of the international competition.

LIMERICK’s entry in the Rose of Tralee has once again failed to make it to the final of the international competition.

Despite a strong showing last night in Portlaoise, Castletroy primary school teacher Rachel O’Neill, 22, could not arrest Limerick’s disappointing record in the competition in recent years.

Rachel admitted she was disappointed, but said she had made friends for life following the regional heat.

“I am delighted for the girls who got through. We will all be there in Tralee in August, cheering them on. I am still the Limerick Rose, and I am determined to do Limerick proud,” Rachel said, saying she had some plans for the year ahead, including a fundraising event for suicide awareness charity Pieta House.

It is now eight years since the Treaty County had a finalist in the Dome on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

But there will be some Limerick representation in the final, after Scotland’s Rose Bríd Madigan, who hails from Ballyneety, was named among the 23 Roses who have qualified for the final.