Rose of Tralee International Festival - About

Abu Dhabi Rose: Karen Cashman

Marhaba! My name is Karen Cashman and I am a twenty-seven-year-old primary school teacher from East Cork currently living in Abu Dhabi.

Arizona Rose: Kayla Gray

Hello! My name is Kayla Gray and I am 27 years old living in Arizona, home of the Grand Canyon. I spend my days working in organ donation, specifically finding homes for organs in the research community. For more than ten years, I have been doing a wide of array of experiments and exploration into the human body and have found my purpose in discovering the unknown.

Chicago Rose

My name is Shana Pembroke and I am a twenty-four-year-old graduate student from Chicago, Illinois. I am the youngest in my family and I have two older sisters. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in speech-language pathology and I plan to work as a pediatric speech-language pathologist providing intervention for children with speech, language and communication impairments following graduation. I am particularly interested in working with children on the autism spectrum and individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication.

Clare Rose: Victoria O'Connell

Hello, my name is Victoria O’Connell. I was born in Galway, my father is from Dublin and my mother is a native of Glasgow, Scotland. They both decided to make our home in the “Banner County” in a small town called Kilrush. My mother considers herself “Irish” until it comes to Scotland playing Ireland in the rugby!!

Laois Rose: Sarah Bergin

My name is Sarah Bergin, I am 22 years old and I am honoured to be representing Laois this year. I was born and raised in Laois but moved to Galway for college four years ago. I’ve lived my life in a small village just outside of Portlaoise, called Clonad. My mother is originally from Portlaoise and my father lived on the border of Laois and Kilkenny growing up.

Limerick Rose: Sinead Flanagan

My name is Sinéad Flanagan and I am 27. I grew up in Mungret and now live in Adare, Co. Limerick. I am both honoured and delighted to represent the Treaty County.

Longford Rose: Marie Brady

I’m Marie Brady, I’m 20 years old and I proudly hail from County Longford. I live in the beautiful countryside on my family farm. I’m an SNA in an ASD unit in a primary school, which I attended as a child, giving me the opportunity to revisit my roots and work alongside some of my old teachers. After finishing school, I decided to take a year out and help my mam care for my granny whilst also working part time and studying.

Mayo Rose: Nicole Loughlin

Hello, my name is Nicole Loughlin. I’m 22 years old and I’m honoured to be representing my county this year as the Mayo Rose. I grew up in Shrule on the Mayo/Galway border and could not be any prouder to call it my home. I have recently finished my final year of my four-year honours degree in Mathematics and Education which I studied at National University of Ireland, Galway.

Melbourne Rose: Jordan Balfry

G’day! My name is Jordan and I was fortunate enough to be selected as this year’s Melbourne Rose. Originally a Limerick lady, I set off for Melbourne in January 2018. The city has given me endless opportunities which I have seized with both hands. At 28 years of age, I currently work as a forensic mental health occupational therapist, based in a maximum security men’s prison. My line of work has given me an ample supply of both professional and life lessons, and each day I am faced with new challenges and unexpected yet rewarding situations.

Ohio Rose: Danielle Goebel

My name is Danielle Goebel, and I am 28 years old. I live in Cleveland, Ohio home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. My grandmother, Mary Alice Goebel (Fox), immigrated to the US from County Mayo. One of my favorite memories was touring Ireland with about 40 of my family members. It was a blessing to be able to see my Grandma’s home town and pray together over her mother and brother’s grave stone. My Grandma and my Aunt Rose encouraged me to apply for the Rose of Tralee.