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Favourite things: Niamh Sherlock

Suitcase I'm not sure what the official term for this is, but it's my memory case. I spotted it a few years ago when I was out with my dad, and that Christmas he presented it to me, which meant so much. It now holds all my pictures, cards and, of course, will soon be full of Rose of Tralee memorabilia.

Gold bracelet Mel, who has made me her fifth child -- since my own mother passed away -- gave me this antique gold bracelet of hers. It's something I really treasure and keep very close to me. Losing my mum was very difficult, but I've been blessed with incredible friends.

Picture album This is a picture album of my mum that my sister Eadaoin made for me. It's full of snaps from Mum's teenage years, covering her pregnancy with me and the first years of my life. It was so special to receive.

Travel journal This journal came with me to Australia when I was 22. At the time, I tried to record as much information as I could, and now I'm so glad I did -- even insignificant details like my favourite restaurants are suddenly the most important points for information.

Winning evening gown This is my winning dress from the Dublin final, which Pamela Scott presented to me. It's not a shape I'd usually have the confidence to wear, but as soon as I tried it on, I loved it. It's so well-fitted, comfortable and the fact it's from an Irish shop makes it even better.

Ben & Jerry's One of my fondest memories of my childhood is my First Holy Communion; not because of the dress or occasion, but because my mother made the best-looking knickerbocker glory I had ever seen. I love ice cream and could happily eat a tub of Ben & Jerry's in one sitting.

Mascara Sad as it is, I can't leave my house without mascara. I even wear it when I'm playing football. Without it, my eyelashes are so fair that I look really washed out and tired. Lancome is my mascara of choice.

Football I won the Eire Og Ladies Player of the Year award for 2008, which was very special, as it was the year our team went senior. GAA is hugely important to me, and the level of support we all receive from the club is invaluable.

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb is my chosen scent for the Rose of Tralee. Caoimhe, a Dublin Rose finalist, wore it and has graciously allowed me to nab her fragrance.

The Princess Bride This is a movie that can lift me out of any bad mood. Whenever I need a laugh, I just say: "Inconceivable." This DVD was a present from my boyfriend Brian, and is a good representation of why we are together for eight years: we enjoy laughing, and luckily find each other really funny.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival finishes with a gala concert -- featuring Alexandra Burke and Diversity -- in the Festival Dome tomorrow. The 2010 Rose of Tralee will be crowned live on RTE 1 tonight. For more information on the Make-a-Wish Foundation, visit makeawish.ie.


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