Rose of Tralee

Abu Dhabi Rose: Sara Kate Mangan

My name is Sara Kate Mangan, I am 26-years old, and honoured to represent Abu Dhabi in the Rose of Tralee Festival. At the age of 18 I moved to Liverpool to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse. After three fun filled years living in the city of The Beatles, a leap of faith took me even further afield from my humble Mayo roots to Abu Dhabi. What an adventure it has been.

Antrim Rose: Róisín McCloskey

My name is Roisin McCloskey, I'm 23 and live in a small town called Portglenone in Co. Antrim. I come from a big family, mum, dad, 3 sisters and 2 brothers, who all play Irish music! I graduated last summer from Queen's University Belfast, with a BA (Hons) degree in Drama.

Arizona Rose: Kelsey Kelleher

My name is Kelsey Kelleher and I am thrilled to be your 2018 Arizona Rose, blooming in the beautiful desert city of Phoenix, Arizona. I am twenty-five years old and I graduated with honours from Arizona State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design & Production with Dance and Music minors.

Boston & New England Rose: Sorcha Rochford

My name is Sorcha Rochford, I am 27 years old. I am honoured to represent Boston and New England in the Rose of Tralee festival. I currently live and work in Boston, I am London Irish at heart. My mother and father are both from Ballyduff, Co. Kerry. I grew up in London spending every Christmas and summer back in Kerry.

Carlow Rose: Shauna Ray Lacey

My name is Shauna Ray Lacey. I am 24 years old from Carlow town. I live with my partner John and our beautiful daughter Emmy. In 2014​ ​I studied Year 1 of Beauty Therapy in CIFE. In 2015, I completed a TEFL course which assisted me to educate business entrepreneurs with pronunciation and everyday communication.

Cavan Rose: Rachel Cusack

My name is Rachel Cusack, I am 26 years old and I am thrilled and honoured to be this year's Cavan Rose. I am from Killinkere, Co. Cavan. My Mother is from Co. Kerry (she is very excited to be getting back to her home county!), my father is from Co. Cavan and I have two younger brothers.

Chicago Rose: Katie Callahan

Greetings from the Windy City! I am thrilled to represent my hometown, Chicago. In 2014, I completed my Bachelors of Arts degree, majoring in Theatre Arts and Broadcast and Electronic Communications, from Marquette University. I then went on to complete my Masters in Business Leadership. My parents are both proud Irish Americans, and they have raised my three brothers and me with the same, strong sense of pride in our Irish roots.

Clare Rose: Clara Burke

My name is Clara Burke, I am 25 years of age. I am currently teaching Physical Education and SPHE. My journey in becoming a teacher began in Tralee where I completed my undergraduate degree in Health and Leisure. I continued my studies in the University of Limerick where I completed a Professional Masters of Education in Physical Education, it was an amazing journey and I love being a teacher.

Cork Rose: Érinn O'Connell

Born and raised in the beautiful village of Aghabullogue, Co. Cork, I am honoured to be representing the Rebel County! At 25 years young, I am a qualified children’s and general nurse, currently working in Cork University Hospital. I am very passionate about my job and relish making a difference in people’s lives. Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than helping people overcome illness and return to good health.

Derry Rose: Émer McKenna

My name is Émer McKenna, I am 21 years old and I am from a small community called Slaughtneil, just outside Maghera in County Derry. I am going into my final year of university studying Cardiac Physiology at the Ulster University in Jordanstown.

Donegal Rose: Niamh Ní Dhubhgáin

My name is Niamh Duggan and I'm 21. I've just completed my third year in NUIG, studying Irish, Psychology and Performing Arts. I'm based in Galway throughout the academic year but I call Tory Island my home. Growing up on a Gaeltacht island instilled a love of Irish culture in me. I am a fluent Irish speaker and singer.

Down Rose: Ciara Kelly

My name is Ciara Kelly; I am 24 years old and the eldest of four. I live in Cabra – a small townland nestled in the Mourne Mountains. I graduated in 2015 from Queen’s University with an undergraduate degree in psychology. I decided to further my studies at Queens and completed a Masters degree in Atypical Child Development in 2016.

Dubai Rose: Rebecca Egan

My name is Rebecca Egan, I’m 26 and humbled to represent Dubai. Raised in the Faithful County of Offaly, I studied Media & Gaeilge in Mary Immaculate College, where I returned to become a teacher, graduating in 2015. In 2012, as I studied Media and Theatre in Chicago, I knew I was destined to become a student of the world. I have followed my heart’s desire and now teach in Dubai.

Dublin Rose: Tanya Feighery

Hi, my name is Tanya Feighery. I'm 26 years old and from Tallaght. I graduated from DCU with a BSc honours degree in PE with Biology in 2014. I am excited to start working in Kingswood Community College as a Science and PE teacher come September.

Florida Rose: Victoria Sexton

Hello Ireland! My name is Victoria Sexton, I’m 24 years old and absolutely elated to be your Florida Rose! I was born in Dublin and grew up on a lovely little farm in Kildare where I have the most wonderful memories of my childhood in Ireland. I used to happily muck through the fields training horses with my dad and assisted my mammy at her salon in Monasterevin by giving hand massages to her clients!

Galway Rose: Deirdre O'Sullivan

Dia Duit ó Chontae na Gaillimhe! My name is Deirdre O’Sullivan and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be this year’s Galway Rose. Growing up, we spent our Summers in Tralee. As my grandparents lived on Denny Street, we always felt we were more than just at the Festival – we felt we were part of the Festival. To be returning this year representing my county is a dream come true for myself, and my family.

Germany Rose: Giulia Kearney

My name is Giulia Kearney and I am thrilled to represent Germany as the 2018 Rose. I am half-Irish on my father’s side and German on my mother’s side. I currently live in Kiel, studying law in my second year. Besides spending time at the beach on the Baltic Sea, I enjoy cooking with my friends and pursuing my passion for singing.

Kentucky Rose: Lori Gavin

My name is Lorraine, and I am the 2018 Kentucky Rose. I’m 25 years old, and live in Louisville. I was born in Mayo, and at age 17, after attending Cloggernagh N.S. and the Sacred Heart School in Westport, left Islandeady to study Applied Languages at UL.

Kerry Rose: Celine O'Shea

My name is Celine O Shea and I am honoured to be representing the Kingdom in the Rose of Tralee Festival! I was born in Foilmore, a parish just outside Cahersiveen, in the beautiful county Kerry. At the age of 25, I am a qualified social care worker and am currently working as a Dementia activities facilitator in St Luke’s Home, Cork.

Kildare Rose: Gráinne Carr

My name is Gráinne Carr, I’m 23 and I’m proud to be representing the Lilywhite County of Kildare. I grew up in Ardclough village where the current Kildare County hurling champions hail from. I am the youngest in my family with two older brothers and my parents, Evan and Angela, were also born and raised in Kildare.

Kilkenny Rose: Helena Hughes

Born and bred in the medieval capital, I’m 26 years old and honoured to be representing my county. I grew up in Kilkenny city, and since 2010 we’ve been based in the beautiful village of Kells.

Laois Rose: Grainne Hogan

My name is Grainne Hogan, I am 23 years of age. I’m so grateful to be representing the lovely county of Laois, I live in the great townsland of Cardtown at the foot of The Slieve Bloom Mountains. I went to school in Killanure N.S and then on to Mountrath Community School.

Leitrim Rose: Imelda Scally

Hello, my name is Imelda Scally, I’m 26 years old and I am absolutely delighted to be representing the Lovely Leitrim as their Rose in Tralee! I am originally from Roscommon where I grew up in a small village called Loughglynn. I have very fond memories of playing GAA with my two brothers Brendan and Christopher and my only sister Ann-Marie for our local club.

Limerick Rose: Hazel Ní Chathasaigh

I am a 23 year old physiotherapist currently working at University Hospital Limerick. A proud Gaeilgeoir, I attended Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh and then went on to study physiotherapy at the University of Limerick. I have a particular interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and have been fortunate to have a recent piece of research in this area published.