Saturday 23 September 2017

Irish Rose of Tralee contestant (23) is working to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease

Kildare Rose Meabhdh O'Sullivan, who hails from Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photo: RTE
Kildare Rose Meabhdh O'Sullivan, who hails from Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photo: RTE

Geraldine Gittens

A 23-year-old Irish Rose of Tralee contestant is working to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

Kildare Rose Meabhdh O'Sullivan, who hails from Newbridge, Co Kildare, told RTE how she is currently researching the debilitating illness with Trinity College Dublin and Beaumont Hospital.

“I have a bachelor of science in sports science and health, and I’m going on to study a masters in physiotherapy in UL,” she said.

“I’m currently working on research for motor neurone disease in Trinity and Beaumont Hospital”

The self-confessed “proud Sarsfield’s GAA woman” is currently enjoying the jam-packed schedule of the Rose of Tralee festival in Tralee.

Meanwhile, Offaly Rose Emma Kirwan had one eye on her leaving cert results and the other on The Dome in Tralee on Wednesday when her parents travelled down to give her that all-important piece of paper.

Emma's choice of aeronautical engineering is available in either the University of Limerick or Carlow IT, and she believes she's got the points to pursue her dream.

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