ROSE of Tralee contestants from all over the world have converged on Limerick on their way to Tralee for the big festival.
The Roses are at the Carlton Castletroy Park hotel for a big fashion event and visited the South Court this morning to make their mark for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). In a sea of purple attire, the ladies will make their way to the Mid Western Regional Hospital (MWRH) shaking buckets and full of spirit.
On arrival the Roses will visit children with CF attending MWRH.
“This visit to the hospital means a lot to the children as they can be in hospital for days, weeks and even months at a time, special visitors are always remembered with affection.” said Philip Watt CEO of CFAI.
She is the New Orleans rose, but Lisa Brady, whose mother hails from county Limerick, was overcome with emotion when she was presented with a Certificate of Irish Heritage in Croke Park this week.
Sporting the Limerick jersey, Lisa, whose mother Rose Chawke Brady comes from Granagh, county Limerick, was among 15 overseas Roses who gathered for the celebratory event.
She was presented with her certificate by Kerryman Dick Spring, the former Labour politician.
The Certificate of Irish Heritage is a Government document, signed by An Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, as an official recognition of a person’s Irish ancestry.
Each certificate is a personal record of the recipient’s Irish roots, showing the name of their Irish ancestor and the town or parish in Ireland from which they came. The certificate is a keepsake that can be passed on to future generations.
Mr Spring wished her a “wonderful experience here in Ireland during the Rose of Tralee Festival and that she will treasure this permanent reminder of her links to Ireland.”
Ms Brady, 21, is studying for a degree in psychology & Spanish at the University of Alabama. She hopes to travel and teach English for a year abroad after graduating.This year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival will get underway this Friday August 17. For the fifth year in a row Limerick will not be represented at this year’s festival. Limerick Rose Suzanne O’Brien will nonetheless be cheering on the Roses in the Dome in Tralee during the two-night event.
Limerick has won the Rose of Tralee twice in the past, with Muirne Hurley, daughter of city councillor Cormac Hurley, in 1994, and by Diane Hannagen in 1984.
Hosted by Daithi O’Se, who recently married a former Rose, it will be televised on Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21, and the winner will be presented with her tiara by Ronan O’Gara.