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Our Rose exports are blooming in the desert

The oil-rich Gulf state of Dubai is becoming the destination of choice of the ambitious Irish emigrant, says Carol Hunt

Published 14/08/2011 | 05:00

SHE'S the teacher every Irish parent with a special needs child dreams of: Grainne Boyle is young -- she is 24 -- speaks Irish with a Donegal lilt and has been involved with the GAA and various charities since she was a young girl. But Grainne lives in Dubai and is a primary school teacher for special needs students at St Andrew's College there. Just recently she was elected to represent Dubai at the Rose of Tralee regional finals in Portlaoise.

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"Regional finals?" I ask Limerick woman Catherine Kehoe, chairperson of the Dubai Irish Society and organiser of the Rose Ball.

"Yes," she sighs. "It's a sign of the times. There are so many more expatriate centres worldwide sending entrants to the festival in Tralee, they've had to introduce a regional final."

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