Galway - Clare Ann Irwin

Dia dhaoibh, Clare Ann Irwin is ainm dom! I am humbled and privileged to be representing the Tribesmen as this year’s Galway Rose. Although I originally studied Primary School teaching and Psychology in the wonderful Mary Immaculate College and taught for three years, two years ago I decided to follow my heart and join my family’s funeral business in Galway City. Since then, I have completed an embalming course and I now spend my time working with my parents, learning the ropes of this incredible profession. The last few years have taught me a lot, but I can truly say I feel honoured to be able to serve the people of Galway in their time of need, as my family have done since 1834. I am very passionate about women working in industries which are stereotypically seen as predominantly for men. Sport has always been a massive part of my life, having represented Connacht in hockey for many years as well as playing and coaching with my local GAA club St. Michael’s. Above all, I am a proud Galway Girl.