My name is Lorna Mallick and I am 22 years old and honoured to be chosen as this year’s Wicklow Rose in the 2018 Rose of Tralee International Festival. I am living in a small village in the sunny South East county of Wicklow called Tinahely, where I was born and raised. I studied Gaeilge and Geography as my undergraduate degree in St. Patrick’s College in Drumcondra. I then went on to follow my dream career and have just completed the Professional Masters of Education with Hibernia College to qualify as a primary school teacher. I have just been offered my first full-time job for September! I live with my Mam Fiona, my Dad Joe, my older brother Colin, my Grandad Pat, and my two cute dogs, Benson and Hooch. My hobbies include playing the piano, GAA, working with children and travelling. I’ve travelled to many different places around the world but the highlight was travelling to Uganda in 2015 to work as a primary school teacher and a short road trip around America last summer. I hope to do my town and the Garden County proud as an ambassador as I begin the exciting journey to Tralee.