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Monday 22 September 2014

Gallery: Ciara's 'proudest ever moment' as she becomes the Louth Rose

Olivia Ryan

Published 07/05/2014 | 05:20

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Last year’s winner Sarah McCrave hands over her crown to the new Louth Rose, Ciara Soraghan.
Ciara Soraghan (second from left) celebrating with Aoife Callan, Shannon Moran, Sharon O’Connor and Lyndsey Culleton.
The new Louth Rose, Ciara Soraghan, with her proud parents, Thomas and Kathriana.

NEWLY crowned Louth Rose Ciara Soraghan enjoyed her 'proudest ever moment' when she was chosen to represent her county at the glamorous Rose selection finale last weekend.

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NEWLY crowned Louth Rose Ciara Soraghan enjoyed her 'proudest ever moment' when she was chosen to represent her county at the glamorous Rose selection finale last weekend.

Ciara (21), from Haggardstown, said she was 'in shock' when her name was called out after a tough competition in the Fairways Hotel on Friday last.

'I really was very shocked. There were so many wonderful girls from across Louth taking part, and everyone looked fantastic on the night,' said Ciara.

'I seriously didn't think I would be chosen. It is such an honour.'

Ciara had bravely decided to sing at the finale, the first time she had performed in public, and said she was delighted with the reception.

'I sang the Kings of Leon hit 'Use Somebody', and I think I did OK. I was really nervous, but I enjoyed it once I got up on stage.'

Cheered on by a cohort of family and friends, including mum Kathriana, who encouraged her to put her name in for the Louth Rose, Ciara was also joined by proud boyfriend Shane O'Hanlon.

She was sponsored by Brendan Watters Insurance.

'I had never done anything like this before, I just wouldn't have put myself forward for it before, but I'm so glad mum encouraged me to. She kept saying to me 'this is your year.'

Ciara, who graduated in 2013 from NUI Maynooth in Geography and Business has been caught up with her studies in recent years.

Now in full time employment as a customer solutions agent at Paypal, she decided to follow her mum's advice.

'It's been such a good experience so far, to be honest. We had a brilliant day the weekend before the finals touring the county. They are a great bunch of girls, and the fact we all got on so well really made it for me.'

Ciara now goes through to the regional finals for the Rose of Tralee on the first weekend of June.

The regionals are the night before she is set to run in the Dublin mini-marathon, to raise funds for Breast Cancer charities.

'I might sing again, if I get the opportunity,' said Ciara, adding that the Kings of Leon already proved a lucky charm so she could be going for a repeat performance!

'I am looking forward to meeting all the international Roses, and to the year ahead as Louth Rose.'

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