My name is Orlágh McClinton, I’m 22 from a village called Glenavy, off the shores of Lough Neagh, Co. Antrim. I have just completed a degree in Liberal Arts with Religious Studies at St Mary’s University Belfast and will complete a PGCE next year to become a Primary School Teacher. I have a passion for photography and travel.
Last year, I spent 6 months studying in Kraków, Poland. I drew my inspiration to become a teacher from teaching both in India and Tanzania on volunteer programmes. I have spent time in America as both a leader and participant in the Ulster Project, a peace project where teenagers from cross community backgrounds in the North of Ireland spend one month in America. I am a big follower of the GAA and spend a lot of my time playing and working with my local club St Joseph’s Glenavy.
I drew my inspiration to apply for the Antrim Rose from the Michaela Foundation a charity which I hold very close to my heart. I am delighted to be representing Co. Antrim in Tralee, from its famous Belfast landmarks to its beautiful Glens. I can’t wait to see what the year has in store!