Meet the Irish contenders for 2015's Rose of Tralee
Published 07/08/2015 | 11:52
The iconic Rose of Tralee Festival returns in August for it's 56th year. Time to meet the ten Irish women vying for the 2015 title.
The annual event will kick off on August 14th, with thousands of people flocking to The Kingdom.
Reigning Rose Maria Walsh, celebrated for her poise, grace and style, will hand over her tiara to a new hopeful contender.
Big shoes to fill, but here are the women from around the country hoping to step up to the mark.
For more pictures and full interviews with the Roses, pick up the August issue of VIP Magazine - on newsstands now.
(L-R: Olga, Megan, Daphne, Picture: VIP Magazine)
1. Galway Rose - Olga Lee
Occupation: Researcher in psychology
Need to know: Olga is returning to Trinity College Dublin in September to begin a Master's degree in business psychology.
2. Wicklow Rose - Megan Swart
Occupation: Student and waitress
Need to know: The baby of the bunch, Megan has just finished her Leaving Certificate and hopes to do her native country proud.
3. Longford Rose - Daphne Howard
Occupation: Primary school teaching
Need to know: Daphne says her worst habit is falling asleep on journeys, meaning the Rose of Tralee bus tour should be interesting.
(L-R: Eimear, Julette, Jenny. Picture: VIP Magazine)
4. Derry Rose - Eimear Anderson
Occupation: Student at St Mary's University College Belfast
Need to know: Aspiring religion and English teacher cites the late Michaela McAreavy as her inspiration. "I believe that Michaela represented the province of Ulster impeccably in Tralee in 2004," she said. "She was everything that a Rose should be."
5. Kerry Rose - Julette Culotty
Occupation: Social care worker
Need to know: "My best quality is my sense of humour. I always try to see the best in life and to have a smile on my face."
6. Louth Rose - Jenny Hanlon
Occupation: Business student
Need to know: Passionate musician Jenny hopes to one day have her own country band.
(L-R: Aisling, Aoife. Picture: VIP Magazine)
7. Dublin Rose - Aisling Finnegan
Occupation: Pilates instructor and physiotherapist
Need to know: Aisling will be wearing a gown by international couturier Don O'Neill on the night, who has previously dressed Amy Poehler and Khloe Kardashian.
8. Cork Rose - Aoife Murphy
Occupation: Research nutritionist
Need to know: PhD student Aoife is in the final year of her studies, and is researching the effect of dietary fat on obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.
(L-R: Elysha, Michelle. Picture: VIP Magazine)
9. Meath Rose - Elysha Brennan
Occupation: Medicine student
Need to know: Elysha is just back from volunteering at Lourdes.
10. Monaghan Rose - Michelle Caulfield
Occupation: Primary school teacher
Need to know: Michelle cites her mum as her biggest inspiration. "She is the most hard-working, caring, fun-loving person I have ever met and would literally do anything for our family," she said.