LIMERICK Rose Suzanne O’Brien is living her dream in bidding to represent her county at the Rose of Tralee.
The 24-year-old from Adare, a broadcast journalist with Live 95FM, is bidding to be the first Rose from Limerick to make it through the regional finals in five years.
Suzanne will carry the hopes of a region on her shoulders into the selection event in Portlaoise next week, but doesn’t feel any pressure, she explained.
“I am nervous but I have to say I am really excited and really looking forward to it,” said Suzanne. “I just can’t wait to get there and get to meet all the girls and see what the weekend has in store for us.
“Hopefully everything I have given it now will pay off, but at the end of the day, if I don’t get through - obviously it would be amazing and I will give it my all - I will still be the Limerick Rose for the next year,” she added.
The University of Limerick graduate will take to the stage with Dáithí Ó Sé midway through the third selection night on Sunday, June 3, in the Heritage Hotel.
She will be up against 29 other Irish Roses competing for six places at the August international event in Tralee and admits it would be a “dream” to qualify.
“I think that every little girl growing up in Ireland watches it and it was very much a family thing for us, we would sit around and watch it and try and pick a winner,” laughed Suzanne, a keen equestrian competitor who has won medals for horse showing.
“I never in a million years thought I would be there but it was a dream growing up and for the last couple of years it was on my mind. It was mainly down to my colleagues, friends and family who encouraged me to go for it, and I just felt this year was the right time,” she explained.
“To be honest the main thing would be representing Limerick and being an ambassador, I think it is about time we got a break and got some good publicity, because there is so much going on here,” added Suzanne.