SHE is not strictly the Limerick Rose, but the county’s hopes will be pinned on Sorcha Holmes from the city who will take to Tralee as the Queensland Rose next week.
Sorcha from Lansdowne Park, Ennis Road, is the first ever non Australian-born lady to claim the title.
The 26 year-old said she is “absolutely thrilled and privileged” to represent the Australian city and be the 26th Queensland Rose.
Sorcha is back in Limerick this week, but has a hectic, non-stop, nine-day itinerary from Monday next when she’ll begin the Rose tour of the country, before they make their way to Tralee for the grand event on Tuesday, August 20.
The Roses will also visit Adare Manor on Friday week, August 16, during their whistle stop tour of the country.
“I was so shocked to be chosen as the 2013 Queensland Rose and I can’t wait to meet all the other Roses and have the experience of a lifetime this August.”
Sorcha, who is the youngest of six children, said she has been watching the Rose of Tralee for as long as she can remember, assisted with the Limerick Rose committee for a number of years, and incidentally studied in Tralee, where she “experienced the magic of the festival” first hand.