Rose of Tralee

Queensland Rose: Sarah Griffin-Breen

I am 27 and from Brisbane, Queensland. I have been fortunate to call Manly, a small bayside village in Brisbane home for my entire life.  Manly is one of my favourite places in Brisbane. It is a truly beautiful area and you can often find me out and about enjoying the weekend markets, walking along the esplanade or enjoying a picnic in the park. My mum is from Athea in Limerick, she immigrated to Australia in 1979 after meeting my dad in London. My dad also has Irish heritage, his maternal grandparents are from County Tyrone and Clare and his paternal grandparents are from County Tipperary and Galway. I am a Lawyer having graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology. I also hold a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. I have visited Ireland three times, the first when I was only seven years of age and though quite young, I immediately fell in love with the country and people and I have cherished every visit since.  During my visits to Ireland, I developed a strong penchant for various Irish foods like Barry’s Tea, Tayto Crisps, Irish barmbrack and Irish soda bread, the latter of which is delicious when given an Australian flare – a little Vegemite.