Texas Rose overcame 'terrifying' abusive childhood for career as social worker
Texas Rose Cyndi Crowell has candidly opened about the abuse she experienced as a child at the hands of her father.
The 26-year-old revealed her childhood was far from picture perfect and overcame her troubles to become a social worker in order to help others in need.
"Growing up, my dad was an alcoholic and he was very physically abusive," she told the Irish Daily Mirror.
"My dad's drinking started when I was small. I remember being a small toddler and knowing there were problems with my dad, not feeling comfortable and not feeling safe around him. I grew up with my dad having a drinking problem all through elementary school, middle school and high school.
"There was physical, verbal and emotional abuse against me, my mum and my sister. It's hard to say which times were the worst because it was all pretty bad for the most part.
"I do remember Saturday was usually the worst day of the week because it was at the weekend and my dad didn't have to go to work the next day. He would start drinking very early and he wouldn't stop until very late and that's when a lot of really bad things happened."
Ms Crowell opened up in detail about overcoming the abuse, explaining she was very angry with him as a child and while she has learned to forgive him, he still finds it hard to trust.
"Growing up, I was absolutely terrified of my father," she added to the paper. "I was very angry at him..I couldn't understand why he was so mean and why e physically had to harm my mum, my sister and I or why he called us such bad names.
"I was so angry, I was afraid. He wasn't someone I wanted to me."
Cyndi explained that her mother took her marriage vows 'very seriously' and saw his alcoholism as something to overcome.
However, one day things worsened and the three left and began to start a new chapter of their lives.
Her father has since sought treatment for his addiction in rehab.
And it was her brave spirit that was part of her reason for entering the Rose of Tralee.
"I felt it would be a great way to reach others on a large scale. It's important to get it out there so others can see they can get themselves out of it, take control and live a happy life."