Rose winner keeps her eyes on the prize at races
SPARKLING Tara was at 10 to 1 odds in Killarney Racecourse yesterday watched on by another Tara who sparkled in the viewing balcony.
The newly-crowned Rose of Tralee, Tara Talbot, was beginning to get used to her new-found fame, posing for pictures with admirers and chatting easily to punters at the racetrack yesterday.
"I woke up and saw the crown this morning and realised it wasn't a dream," she told the Irish Independent. Tara's mum, Carmencita, returned to Queensland yesterday a very proud and happy woman -- though a bit overwhelmed at having been in the limelight.
Her dad, Ronnie, couldn't make it over for the festival but was watching his daughter on the internet from home.
Tara herself will return to Queensland in two weeks but confirmed she'd take a month to wind down before returning to Ireland.
The new Rose will be at the Curragh Races on Sunday and will also meet representatives of the Australian and Filipino embassies in Dublin next week as well as fulfilling other official duties.
"I'll also try to relax as well and put on some flat shoes and jeans and then go back to Australia."
Tara's escort, Jim Healy, was enjoying his last day of official duties yesterday but he confirmed he would not be putting his name forward next year.
"I was down to the last three for Escort of the Year and I got to escort the winning Rose and nothing could top that so I think I'll bow out on a high," he said.
Sparkling Tara was left in Alderwood's dust in the third race but her namesake was a winner all right in Killarney.