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Dublin Rose gig just 
Per-fect for Róisín!

FOR Róisín Lyons, it will be like pulling on the blue jersey.

Róisín will be representing Dublin at the Rose of Tralee later this month. "It's such an honour to be the Dublin Rose. It's just brilliant," says Róisín.

She played camogie for St Peregrine's for 12 years. "I began when I was five. I had such happy days there."

She had to give up when she became a professional dancer. "I really miss it, but with the dancing I am travelling all over the world."

Yet when home, she looks forward to taking out the hurl and the sliotar. "You never lose your love of it."

Peregrine's are overjoyed she is heading for the Dome. "They have been amazing. I have got a wonderful reaction from everybody at Peregrine's and the whole community."

Róisín's brother, Paul, coaches and plays hurling with Peregrine's. She has been starring in Heartbeat of Home and Lord of the Dance. One of her outstanding memories is performing with Michael Flatley in Dublin.

"I feel fortunate that my hobby has turned into my career. It doesn't feel like work at all."

Róisín was selected from 45 girls to be the Dublin Rose. "I couldn't believe it. My grandmother is from Lispole in Kerry. The Rose of Tralee was always a big thing in our house.

"I'll have to make sure I have a dance routine ready for Dáithí Ó Sé!"