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.
Over the past year I have been busy coordinating my fundraising campaign entitled ‘Let’s Make It Happen’. The campaign marks a unique venture which involves uniting school communities, both locally and globally, to fund the building of a primary school in Malawi. The idea originated from a summer visit to Malawi, where I witnessed first-hand the poverty crisis that envelops this country. Thankfully, I exceeded my goal and construction of the first school block is underway with plans in place to start a second in the near future.
As the third eldest of nine children, I am beyond blessed to have such a supportive family. Coming from a large family life is hectic, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We grew up watching The Rose of Tralee, and this year my family and I can’t wait to experience it first hand from inside the Dome!