Sydney Rose has roots in Inniskeen
SYDNEY Rose Imelda Finnegan has local connections as her father Seamus is from Finnegan's Cross, Inniskeen.
The primary school teacher says she is 'looking orward to connecting with my Irish family and community in the country of my parents' birth'.
'Seamus went to Australia in the days when it cost £10 on the boat and took six months to get there,' says his sister-in-law, who is also named Imelda Finnegan.
Now she, along with other family members living in Ireland and another aunt who is travelling from Canada, are planning a family reunion when they go to Tralee for the Rose Festival next week.
They will be cheering on Imelda as she hopes to win the coveted tiara.
The 27 year old says that if she had to had to choose a few words to describe herself,' I would say happy, intelligent, loving and fair.'
One of a family of six, Imelda has three brothers and two sisters. Their dad Seamus met mum Nora who is from Cork after emigrating in Australia.
Imelda always wanted to be a teacher as she believes it is the key to reducing social inequality and poverty. She has also taught in developing countries including Ghana, Cambodia and Vanuatu.
'In my spare time I like to be outdoors, play sports such as netball and touch football or snorkelling. When indoors I like spending time with loved ones and reading books.' Her only dislike is spiders, which she admits is is problematic considering Australia is the home of some of the deadliest spiders in the world.