Maria Walsh: It'll be bittersweet to hand back Rose crown
It's going to be bittersweet handing over my Rose of Tralee crown next week. I've had the most amazing year, writes Maria Walsh.
In fact, after treating myself to a short Californian holiday, I'll stay in Ireland for a few months and see what opportunities come up.
I've signed with Ryan Tubridy's agent Noel Kelly so hopefully any projects in the pipeline will happen soon.
The entrepreneur side of my brain also needs to be fed so I'm looking at some potential start-ups.
I think Ireland has a lot of opportunity now and I'm trying to find a project where I can marry everything I learned this year as Rose of Tralee with my previous life experience.
Today I finish my Trek2Tralee where I have run, cycled and walked from my hometown in Shrule, Co Mayo to Tralee.
When I get there tonight, I have just two hours to get ready for the Rose Ball - which has sold out for the first time this year - so it'll be a quick turn around.
I'm doing the trek to raise funds for Barretstown, Development Perspectives and Donal Walsh #LiveLife.
We've raised about €5,000 to date but I'm really hoping that people will get online before tonight to get the numbers up.
I have a busy few days ahead which includes another sky dive on Sunday.
I did one in Perth with my mum which was 15,000 feet and this one is 10,000 feet.
It's in conjunction with the air show and I'll be landing right into Tralee town park. I believe it is the first time a rose has done it but I'm sure it won't be the last as it's great craic.