WHILE Limerick will be without a Rose in Tralee for the fifth year in a row, the county will be represented on stage by the New Orleans Rose, Lisa Brady.
Lisa’s mum, Rose, hails from Granagh where Lisa has spent many holidays down through her 21 years.
The brunette beauty visits County Limerick every second year. She made the trip from New Orleans last year and was thrilled to make a surprise return visit this year.
“I flew in at the end of May for the regional finals in Portlaoise. I’m here until Saturday morning,” said Lisa who is studying for a degree in psychology and Spanish at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
During her stay Lisa initially stayed at her grandmother, Teresa Chawke’s home in Granagh and is now spending time with her cousins at her aunt Marian Noonan’s home also in Granagh.
“We come here every second year and we always stay about two weeks so this is the longest that I have been able to stay with everyone. I love Granagh. I love how everyone is so close,” she said.
Her grandmother, Teresa, she said is “ecstatic” with her granddaughter’s new Rose title and her unexpected visit home.
“My mum came back with me for a week or two and she has since gone back home. My dad Claude is coming in August,” continued Lisa who has one brother Danny and one sister Laura who will also make the trip to Tralee in August.
Lisa says she was “more than excited” to be crowned the New Orleans Rose. Lisa’s mother Rose left Granagh for the States at the age of 21 when she went travelling with one of her friends.
“They were travelling and doing all that and they ended up in New Orleans and my mom ended up meeting my dad and they just hit it off from there. My mom’s friend went back to Ireland and my mom ended up staying” she said.
Lisa hopes to travel and teach English for a year abroad after graduating and then plans on returning to college to earn her Master’s degree. Lisa works at Tuscaloosa’s only Irish restaurant, has recently started an annual Easter lunch for international students at the university, and has volunteered with programs for intellectually disabled children and adults.