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Tuesday 19 March 2019

Meet the 65 Roses of Tralee 2015

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Sarah Hogan (20) Boston and New England Rose. Media Studies and Theater major. Father is from Kerry.

Clare Cullen

Meet the full complement of Roses for the 2015 Rose of Tralee International Festival.

The Rose of Tralee is fast approaching but what you may not know is that not every Rose makes it as far as the Dome.

A total of 65 Roses are chosen from around the world and only 32 make it to the final two nights of the Festival.

Meet the full worldwide compliment of 65 Roses above and see what they had to offer to be named their local Rose.

Flick through the gallery to learn more about each girl.

@IndoEnts will be live tweeting this weekend from Tralee where the Roses have a number of engagements before the big night.

Victoria McNamee (27)
Tyrone Rose. Special Educational Needs classroom assistant. Hopes to complete a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Her Aunt was San Francisco Rose in 1987.
Victoria McNamee (27) Tyrone Rose. Special Educational Needs classroom assistant. Hopes to complete a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Her Aunt was San Francisco Rose in 1987.
Sarah Hogan (20) Boston and New England Rose. Media Studies and Theater major. Father is from Kerry.
Trish Carty(27) Wexford Rose Clinical Nurse Manager with a degree in Intellectual disability nursing and a higher diploma in Children's Nursing.
Sophie Colgan (23) New York Rose. Holds a degree in Communications and PR. Plays GAA and works with Pieta House.
Siochfreadh Ní Lachtnáin (24) Mayo Rose. Research scientist with a BSc. in Equine Science from UL. Identical twin.
Siobhan Thompson (24) Texas Rose. First Houston Rose. BA in Music Education. Singer. Plays soccer. Father hails from Belfast.
Sinead Flynn (22) Leitrim Rose. Hairdresser and mother. Plays and coaches GAA.
Shannon Kelahan- Pierson (21). South Carolina's first ever Rose. Studying Marine Science in Coastal Carolina University. Roots trace back to Armagh and Monaghan.
Shannon Dirrane (27) Nottingham Rose Mother hails from Wexford, father from Galway. Plays GAA.
Sarah Tobin (23) Waterford Rose Working on a surgical ward in Cork University Hospital. Undertaking a research MA in caring for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. Supports Waterford GAA.
Sarah Murphy (21) Roscommon Rose. Fourth year Medical student in UCD. On the Editorial team of the UCD Student Medical Journal. Secretary and co-founder of UCD Paediatric Society. Raised 1,000 for charity.
Róisín Ní Mhathúna (22) Germany Rose. Hails from Rush, Dublin. Plays GAA. Supports Aston Villa.
Rachel O'Neill (22) Limerick Rose Holds a Bachelor in Primary Education. Coaches camogie. Plans to do a Masters in Special Education Needs. Plays GAA.
Olga Lee (25) GalwayRose. Psychology Researcher at Trinity college. Planning to complete an MA in Business Psychology this September.
Nicole Neary (21) Newfoundland & Labrador Rose. Third year Computer Sciences Engineering. Aims to work with the Canadian Space Agency. Making a documentary about hometown in Newfoundland. Mother hails from Longford.
Niamh Healy (25) Queensland Rose. Hails from Dublin and Mayo. Family lives in Meath. Primary school teacher, studying a MA Education in Brisbane. Working as a Youth Minister for NET Ministries. Ballet dancer.
Niamh Gordon (22) Derby Rose. Mother and Grandfather hail from Fermanagh and Granny hails from Donegal. Irish dancer who competed in the 2015 World Irish Dancing Championships in Canada. Holds a degree in Fashion Communication and Promotion.
Miriam I Mahdi (25) Bahrain Rose Hails from Cork, working as an Occupational Therapist. Loves animals.
Michelle Caulfield (27) Monaghan Rose Junior Infants teacher. Oldest of four children.
Megan Swart (18) Wicklow Rose. Leaving cert student. Chairperson of the Student Council. President Award and Each Suntasach Award recipient. All Ireland medal holder for GAA.
Marisa Conroy (24) San Francisco Rose. Irish dancer with a BA in Theater. Grandfather hails from Connemara.
Marie Ryan (26) Dubai Rose. Hails from Tipperary. PE and Maths teacher. Plays GAA.
Mairéad Comaskey (27) Five sisters, father hails from Cavan and mother from Donegal. Holds a degree in International Studies and Political Science.
Mallory Melton Arizona (23) Arizona Rose. BA in Creative Writing with a certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Multilingual, working as a job coach with four cats and two dogs.
Maggie Fea (21) New Zealand Rose 3 x Great grandfather hails from Tipperary. Studying post-graduate studies in Human Resources. Snowboarder, water-skiier, wakeboarder.
Maeve McSweeney (21) Chicago Rose. Pre-med to become a medical Doctor specialising in pediatrics. Mother hails from Louth. Won the South Side Irish Parade Queen in 2014.
Leontia Sheridan (26) Cavan Rose. Primary School teacher with a degree in Irish and Geography from Maynooth and a Higher Diploma in Primary Eduction.
Lelia Maguire (23) Westmeath Rose. Fourth year student in Primary school teaching in Maynoot. Plays GAA. Irish dancer and farmer.
Lauren Waller (20) Southern California Rose. Majoring in Theater Production and Design at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Working with the LA Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series.
Kaytee Szente (20) Studying a BA in Paralegal Studies. Great, Great Grandfather hails from Mayo. Former school newspaper Editor.
Katherine McConville (22) Newcastle/Gateshead Rose. Fourth year BSc in speech and language sciences. Grade 8 in Irish traditional music and President of Newcastle University Irish Dance Society.
Julett Culotty (25) Kerry Rose. Social care worker with a degree in social studies. Plays GAA and soccer. Supports Kerry GAA and Liverpool FC.
Joy Kerrigan (24) Melbourne Rose. Father hails from Offaly where his father was the manager of Hibernian Bank. BA In Psychology and Drama with a Cert IV in Finance and Broking.
Jenny Hanlon (19) Louth Rose. Studying Business in Maynooth. Singer. Irish dancer.
Erika Healy (27) Toronto Rose. Nursing graduate. Parents and grandparents hail from Kerry.
Emma Rose Murphy (23) Armagh Rose Music Teacher. Aims to teach french. Supports Armagh GAA.
Emma Robinson (19) Sligo Rose. First year business student at IT Sligo. Hip hop dance teacher. Singer and dancer.
Emily Hughes (22) Kentucky Rose Degree in History with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Barre and Aerial Fitness instructor.
Elysha Brennan (22) Meath Rose. Second year medical student at RCS Dublin. Singer.
Eimear Anderson (20) Derry Rose. Student in St. Mary's College Belfast. Aims to teach Religious Education in post primary.
Denise Lynch (27) Perth Rose. Studying a BSc Nursing in Perth. Irish, living in Perth four years.
Denise Bracken (25) Offaly Rose. Financial services auditor for KPMG. Completed a skydive in Australia from 14,000ft. Irish dancer, musician. All-Ireland winning flute player.
Deirdre Ward (27) Abu Dhabi Rose. Kindergarten teacher. Two All Ireland Gold Medals for Basketball. Plays GAA. Raised 10,520 for the Donegal Hospice. Plays the fiddle.
Claire Walsh (26) Kilkenny Rose. Acting deputy principal in Laois with a B.ED Honours from St. Pat's. Plays Camogie. Singer. Head girl in secondary school.
Daphne Howard (25) Longford Rose. Primary school teacher. Piano player. Plays GAA.
Claire O'Neill (20) Down Rose. Studying Food Science at Queen's University, Belfast. Plays GAA.
Claire Conway (23) Ottowa Rose Father hails from Co. Tyrone. BA Music and BA Education, aims to teach music and French. Irish dancer.
Ciara Rafferty (26) Sydney Rose. Mother is from Roscommon and father from Louth. BA in Arts and Nursing. Working as a nurse. Received a scholarship to complete Honours degree. Plans to complete Phd in future. Created two award winning short films.
Chelsea Thursby-Milovanovic (27) South Australia Rose. Granny hails from Limerick, father from Tralee. BA in Nursing. Neonatal nurse.
Chantel Cassidy (21) North Carolina Rose. Third year Communications and Public Relations student. Parents hail from Meath. Irish dancer.
Cassandra Sampson (27) Western Canada Rose. Physical/Occupational Therapy assistant. Ancestors hail from Kilkenny.
Camille Sheehan (24) Washington D.C Rose. Holds a degree in Communications with a specialisation in Public Relations. Passionate photographer. Grandparents hail from Sligo, Cork, Wexford and Westmeath.
Caitríona Brennan (27) Darwin Rose. Plays GAA, camogie, rugby, AFL. Acting Operations Manager over a Child protection and Disability service in Darwin. Gold Gaisce Award recipient.
Brid Madigan (25) Scotland Rose. Originally from Limerick. Plays GAA. Former Bunratty castle entertainer.
Ava Mahony (25) Clare Rose. Lecturer in Taxation at UL. Supports football in Kerry and hurling in Clare.
Aoife Murphy (25) Cork Rose. Research Nutritionist completeing a PhD in UCD. Student mentor for Higher Education Access Route programme in UCD.
Aoife McCann (19) Fermanagh Rose. First year in Queen's University Belfast. Represented Fermanagh in rowing. Double World Champion Line Dancer. Aims to become a barrister.
Alison Brolan (24) Tipperary Rose. Teacher with a BA in Primary Education from Trinity. Plays flute and piano. Singer. Intends to pursue MA in Psychology or Special Education.
Aisling Keohane (25) Carlow Rose. Father hails from Cork, mother from Manchester. BSC in Public Health. Studying a research MSc in IT Carlow. Aspires to complete a PhD.
Aisling Hillary (27) London Rose. Father hails from Kerry. Graduated as a Doctor at 22, now specialised in emergency medicine. Previously formed an Irish band by the name of 'Celtic Ti-grrs'.
Aisling Finnegan Dublin Rose. Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor in Clondalkin. Physio for the Naas Rugby Club and Peamount ladies.
Ailish Brennan (25) Kildare Rose. Engineer, working for Dell. Plays Tag Rugby.
Andrea Keeney (20) Donegal Rose. Holds a degree in psychology at NUI Galway. Singer and piano player.
Ailbhe Culleton (27) Laois Rose Secondary school geography teacher. Supports Laois GAA.
Aedammair Ní Chiardha (25) Luxembourg Rose. BA Geography and Irish from Maynooth. Proof-reader for the Irish language in the Publications Office of the EU.

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