Rose of Tralee

New Zealand Rose: Jolene McLaughlin



Kia Ora from the New Zealand Rose! My name is Jolene McLaughlin, and I am a 25-year old musculoskeletal physiotherapist reigning from the hills of Donegal. I made the big move to New Zealand in 2015 after graduating from University College Dublin, and have been exploring the peaks and valleys of the beautiful country ever since I stepped off the plane.

I have settled in Wellington, the “world’s coolest little capital” and am in love with the close-knit community and laid-back lifestyle it offers.  I work as a senior physiotherapist with Habit, and I feel very fortunate to have such an engaging and rewarding profession. I am passionate about helping others and creating a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of society.

I am forever seeking new challenges and adventures, and I enjoy hiking, camping, running, skiing and cycling. I am an active member of the Wellington GAA and, when I am not playing myself, I am often found helping out with injuries on the sideline. I am extremely proud to represent New Zealand, my home away from home. Being part of the Rose of Tralee has been a real character-building and fun experience so far, and I am really looking forward to the festival in Tralee.