ORGANISERS of the Rose of Tralee International Festival have expressed shock following the sudden death of the 2010 Texas Rose who passed away in a Dublin hospital.
Adrienne Hussey, 26, had been living in Dublin since late last year. She suddenly took ill on Wednesday morning and died last night in Beaumont Hospital of a suspected brain haemorrhage.
Her boyfriend Eoin Treanor, who was her escort during the 2010 festival, was with Adrienne when she fell ill and kept a vigil by her beside when she died. Many of her fellow Roses had kept a vigil at her bedside.
Her parents flew over from the US and arrived in Ireland yesterday morning.
Oliver Hurley, general manager of the Rose festival, said: “It was with great sadness that we received the news of the untimely death of Adrienne.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to Adrienne’s family, her boyfriend Eoin and to her fellow Roses.”
Adrienne was originally from Plano, Texas. But she had roots in Dublin and Waterford. Mr Hurley said Adrienne had worked with at-risk young people, including those on probation or excluded from school.
She returned to Ireland late last year to be with her boyfriend Eoin and was living in Dublin. She spoke proudly of her time as the Texan Rose: “Having the chance to be a Rose was an opportunity of a lifetime and I can honestly say it has changed my life in more ways than one.”
She had a masters degree in social work from the University of Texas. Adrienne had been an Irish dancer since the age of four.
She performed with acts including Gaelic Storm and Frank Patterson .
Her pal Angelika Eleni said on Twitter: “Crestfallen to discover that my old friend Adrienne lost her fight for life. My memories in her company cannot be replaced.”