Cork - Jenny Byrne

Hello, my name is Jenny Byrne and I live in Douglas, Cork, Ireland. It is an honour for me to represent the Rebel County at this year's Rose of Tralee Festival! I am a third-year PhD researcher at NUI Galway, researching employment opportunities for disabled women in Cambodia and Rwanda.
During my undergraduate studies at UCC, I discovered my passion for women's empowerment and disability inclusion, and my future goal is to use my PhD research to advise NGOs on new ways to include women with disabilities in their programmes. I've been a Trócaire volunteer since 2016, and I'm excited to be able to get involved in more initiatives in my community during my Rose journey. One of my many passions is travel, and I love exploring lesser-known destinations and learning new languages. In my free time I also enjoy hiking and sewing – both to varying degrees of success!