My name is Helen Geary and I am delighted and honoured to be this year’s Waterford Rose. I am an audit associate at KPMG Cork, in the final year of my contract to become a chartered accountant. I am sitting my third and final set of accountancy exams this summer, the FAE’s – in the middle of the Rose tour! It will be a very busy summer, but I think they will offer a good balance to each other. I studied Commerce in UCC and was lucky enough to spend a semester abroad in Babson College, Boston. This offered me a really good insight into the unique talents that Irish people bring to the business world and the capabilities of Irish businesses on the global stage. During lockdown, I took up a keen interest in running and hiking. It was lovely to explore hikes around Ireland, with Mangerton and Coumshingaun being the highlights. Recently, I went on a hiking holiday to Madeira which was an amazing experience and a far cry from the lockdown walks around home. I hail from a small village called Ballyduff Upper, just on the border between Waterford and Cork. Along with my dad, I am a Waterford hurling supporter even if that outnumbers my mam who is a proud Cork woman! I am so appreciative of the support that my community have given me during my Rose journey which has made it all the more special.