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.
From then on I travelled and moved around - a lot. I’ve been lucky to visit over 50 countries, and experience living in Tenerife, Brussels, New York, Ecuador, France and Estonia. In January 2016, after five months in Tallinn, I returned home to start the job at Portwest that would bring me to Kentucky in August 2016, as part of the Enterprise Ireland G4IG program. I am now the Operations Manager at Portwest USA.
Moving home was hard after six and a half years, but leaving again was even more difficult. Thankfully Kentucky has become a home away from home (just with better weather). I love travelling, languages and experiencing different cultures, as well as sharing my own. I also enjoy running, hiking and being outdoors, and I’ve been very fortunate that I can do all that here. I also recently adopted a pet hedgehog, her name is Squishy! She loves the hot weather too.