Kathy Welsh HOLYOKE
Kathleen Welsh became Rose of Tralee in 1970 representing Holyoke, and has been the only Holyoke Rose to win the title
Becoming the Rose of Tralee was the most amazing experience of my life other than having my children. I wish I knew then what I know now as I would have reaped more of the potential benefits, development and growth as a result of the honour of being Rose of Tralee.
The people of Ireland were so kind and generous. I felt that I was at home and wanted nothing more than to stay in Ireland and re-create my life there. It was a comfortable feeling. Life took a different turn for me, however.
I am now a Senior Manger, Clinical Product Specialists, Philips Healthcare, Healthcare Informatics and Patient Monitoring Research and Development, and was married in 1971. I am single at present, and have two children, Aaron James and Danielle Marie. They are wonderful adults who have married wonderful people—I consider myself very fortunate. I am most proud of my children—they are the absolutely most rewarding part of my life. Secondly are all of the friends and family who have supported me over the years.
My most rewarding job was as a nurse in the Medical-Surgical-Trauma Intensive Care Unit. I felt a passion for the job and felt that I made a difference in peoples’ lives.
Being the Rose of Tralee has always been a surreal experience for me. I never saw myself as exceptional or special. I enjoy people and the differences in people. This is truly an enriching experience. As I look back, I am amazed at the kindness and warmth I have experienced with so many people as the Rose of Tralee.