Rose of Tralee

Ohio Rose: Erin Stefancin



I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and celebrities like Tom Hanks and Lebron James. I live in Ohio’s capital city, Columbus, where I am a first-year master’s student. I am 22 years old, studying Speech-Language Pathology at The Ohio State University, and hope to work with adults in an acute care hospital setting, specializing in stroke and traumatic brain injury. My maternal grandparents Sean and Agnes (McGrath) Fox, hail from Cong, Co. Mayo, and paternal grandparents Bob and Grace (Toolis) Stefancin from Achill. One of my favorite traditions growing up has been participating annually in Cleveland’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest in Ohio with a 176-year tradition. I have enjoyed singing since I was three years old, with a love of singing songs like “Lady of Knock” at my sister’s wedding and “Whiskey in the Jar” at the pub with my family. I also have a passion for volunteering with those with physical and cognitive disabilities through adaptive sports and games, like floor hockey and wheelchair-friendly bowling! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, doing yoga, baking, cooking, and hiking with my dog, Brady!