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Rose of Tralee

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.

My family’s heritage influenced me throughout my involvement in Irish film, music, dance, and theatre.  I spent last year living in Dublin, working with the Gaiety School of Acting. Working at the GSA further solidified my love of the Irish Arts and has motivated me to further my passion through various Irish American organizations in Chicago. I am currently the Business Development Manager for Weekend Student Adventures, a travel organization dedicated to assisting students studying abroad in Europe.

Last August, I attended the Rose of Tralee International Festival as a volunteer and saw firsthand the remarkable celebration of our Irish heritage that touches every corner of the globe. I am so excited to be returning as a Rose and could not be prouder to wear Chicago on my sash.