It'll be a lonely few months for the single entry to this year's Rose of Tralee.
Christine Smyth, from Ohio, was the only woman officially selected to compete in Tralee's festival this August before it was cancelled.
'Rose Selections' around the world had been put on ice as a result of Covid-19.
This week, organisers announced with heavy hearts that, for the first time in its 61-year history, the festival would not be taking place.
Now we'll all have to wait 16 months to listen to Rose sisters sing 'The Parting Glass', or play the spoons, or watch Dáithí Ó Sé try to limbo across the stage in The Dome.
Ms Smyth (22), a managerial arts student, decided to sign up to the festival last year, and was chosen to represent Ohio in the US in February.
Instead of heading to the Kingdom this summer, she will automatically go through to the 2021 festival instead.
"I have a lot of unique and unusual feelings about the cancellation, which makes sense as we are living in such a unique and unusual time," she said.
"I'm disappointed that I won't get to celebrate with my Rose sisters this year but I'm also relieved.
"My 91-year-old grandpa John will be coming over with me, so it's safer for everyone to wait until next year."
Ms Smyth was born in the US but her father Colin was from Feakle in Co Clare.
Tragically, Colin died of a brain aneurysm when she was a child.
She entered the competition to reconnect with her Irish roots.
"I took up Irish dancing so I would have that connection with my Irish background, and set up my own Irish Dancing School to keep the memory of my dad alive.
"I first heard about the Rose of Tralee when I was rehearsing a dance show. I was actually playing a Rose in that performance, and I decided to apply," she said.
Ms Smyth added she was not entirely surprised the festival was cancelled, given its reliance on overseas competitors.
"It was in the back of my mind when I saw how things were going. In a way I'm happier it's been postponed rather than delayed as I'm going into my final year in college in Cleveland so it would have been a bit disruptive," she said.
"There's a great sense of anticipation now. And I think the wait will make me appreciate getting to Tralee even more."
She will attend next year's festival with her grandfather and mother Diane.
In the meantime, she has put her sash to one side and is acclimatising to life under lockdown in Ohio.
In the US, and other countries, there have been numerous demonstrations against the lockdown restrictions.
"There are two different extremes over here, those people keeping entirely to themselves and others objecting. It's a mixed bag. But I think most people are just looking forward to a return to normality," she said.
The cancellation of the festival will have a huge economic impact on Co Kerry.
It estimated to be worth more than €50m in terms of spending, overseas publicity and follow-on tourism.
The Rose of Tralee traces its history back to the old Tralee Carnival Queen but was resurrected as a modern event with a budget of IR£750 following a meeting of Kerry businessmen in 1957.
It was first broadcast on Telefís Éireann in 1967 and was hosted by Joe Lynch, who played Dinny in 'Glenroe'.
Since then it has been a permanent and popular fixture in RTÉ's summer schedule.
This week, Anthony O'Gara, executive chair of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, said he was sad to postpone the festival but it was "the right decision as we all play our part right now in keeping each other safe and well".
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