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Maria Walsh: It'll be bittersweet to hand back Rose crown

Maria Walsh

Published 14/08/2015 | 09:55

Maria Walsh on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel
Maria Walsh on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel
28/05/15 To mark the season finale of the Late Late Show, well-known Irish personalitie Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh pictured in dancing costume as The Late Late Show goes In The Mood For Dancing... Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

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.

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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.

Maria Walsh at the Opening Night of the Vodafone Comedy Festival at the Iveagh Gardens Dublin
Maria Walsh at the Opening Night of the Vodafone Comedy Festival at the Iveagh Gardens Dublin

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.

Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh will end her reign with a charity run and cycle. Photo Richard Mc Carthy 2015
Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh will end her reign with a charity run and cycle. Photo Richard Mc Carthy 2015

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.

Maria Walsh on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel,Dublin. Brian McEvoy
Maria Walsh on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel,Dublin. Brian McEvoy
Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh
Maria Walsh is the 2014 Rose of Tralee
Maria Walsh

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.

Enda Kenny with Rose of Tralee at the National Ploughing Championships 2014
Enda Kenny with Rose of Tralee at the National Ploughing Championships 2014
Maria Walsh, the Rose of Tralee, with Dáithí Ó Sé
Maria Walsh, Rose of Tralee

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.

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