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Saturday 23 September 2017

Aoibhinn is still a Rose standing out among the flowers

Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain launching Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning, in aid of local hospice care, on Grafton Street, Dublin yesterday
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain launching Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning, in aid of local hospice care, on Grafton Street, Dublin yesterday

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Reporter

Former Rose of Tralee Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain found herself surrounded by sunflowers in the middle of Dublin yesterday, but it was all in a good cause.

The striking 27-year-old was outside Bewley's on Grafton Street to launch 'Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning', in aid of local hospice care nationwide.

And the brainy brunette, who has a degree in theoretical physics, didn't think anything of being snapped standing in a flower patch on the capital's busiest shopping street.

"I don't get embarrassed. I feel honoured to be able to help with a charity event, and shine a light on the marvellous work done by hospices in Ireland," Aoibhinn said.

The Co Mayo Gaeilgeoir is very modest about her media work and says what she does have is down to her 2005 victory in the Rose of Tralee, the contest that returns on August 23.

"I would never have had a media career without the Rose of Tralee. That's if I have a media career? It's rather a part-time one," she laughed.

Aoibhinn will continue that 'part-time' media career when she joins her boyfriend Ryan Tubridy in RTE next year to host 'An Cor' on RTE One.

'An Cor' is an Irish-language competition where six English-speaking choirs have to learn and perform Gaelic songs.

Meanwhile, anyone who wants to host a coffee morning with fresh-ground coffee supplied by Bewley's, should contact the Irish Hospice Foundation on (01) 679 3188.

Irish Independent

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