24 Finalists announced for Dublin Rose Final 2017

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The twenty four young women who will contest the Grand Final of the Dublin Rose of Tralee Festival 2017 have being announced and are shown below. One lucky lady will be chosen to represent Dublin in this year’s International Rose of Tralee festival. The Grand Final itself takes place this coming Saturday, May 27th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. MC on the night will be Marty Morrissey, who is hosting the Dublin Rose Final for the second year in succession.

The finalists were selected by two teams of judges at recent regional selection events in Balbriggan (Bracken Court Hotel) and Stillorgan (Talbot Hotel) from a total entrant pool of forty seven Roses.

Saturday night promises to be a great occasion suitable for all the family. Tickets are 20 Euro and are available on the door on the night. We hope to see you there!

Ailbhe Casey

Sponsor: Swords On Ice

From Glasnevin, 24 year old Ailbhe is a singer/songwriter and musician. Ailbhe now teaches children aged 4-18 singing, dance & drama in stage schools around Dublin. She studied songwriting in BIMM in Dublin and plays piano, guitar, drums and studied percussion in the Royal Irish Academy of Music for 7 years. Ailbhe told us on stage that she recently returned from travelling South-East Asia where she won her first Muay Thai fight in Thailand. Although she is busy, she still finds time to write & sing & is currently working on her own EP. She is sponsored by Swords on Ice.

Aisling Brady

Sponsor: European Institute of PR

Aisling is a former Journalist & works in PR for Murray Consultants. Aisling is also Business Director with Junior Chambers International and is proudly sponsored by the European Institute of Public Relations. Outside of working life, She has a great passion for the Irish Language. She previously traveled to Belarus with Chernobyl Children International & Won a travel award to volunteer in India.

Anna Kearney

Sponsor: Tanco Autowrap Ltd

22 year old Anna is from Knocklyon and has just completed a Commerce International degree with German from UCD. She has a huge passion for music and is a classically trained singer. Anna is a sean-nós singer and teacher with Craobh Naithí, Dublin. Her likes include languages especially the Irish language, different cultures, travel, business studies, people, talking and engaging with others, cooking and dancing. She is sponsored by Tanco Autowarp Limited.

Arissa Buckley

Sponsor: Bracken Court Hotel

23 year old Arissa is living in Balbriggan and is currently a masters student in Trinity College studying to become a secondary school teacher. She is a huge fan of the Dublin football team and can be found in The Hill on Sunday’s during the summer months. Arissa works as a receptionist at the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan, who are also her sponsor. She loved having all of the staff there to support on Friday when she was on stage.

Carla Peters

Sponsor: Defreyne Peters

27 year old Carla is from Ballinteer and works as a Doctor in Paediatrics. She is a fluent Irish speaker and is very interested in medical research and has worked as a tutor for medical students. Carla hopes to spend time this summer volunteering as a medic in a refugee camp in Greece. Her hobbies include Pilates, CrossFit, surfing and golf and she also enjoys music and painting. She is sponsored by DeFreyne Peters, a local loss assessing firm.

Catherine Coventry

Sponsor: Aoibheanns Pink Tie

24 year old Catherine is the youngest of seven and comes from a very unique family as she was fostered at the age of six weeks and has been with her family ever since. Catherine is a make up artist in training and has been involved in musicals for the last ten years with both Harold’s Cross Tallaght and Glencullen Dundrum Musical Societies. She is also involved in the runnning of a stageschool in Athy called Shooting Stars. Catherine representing Aoibheanns pink tie charity who are an incredible charity who support families whose children are going through childhood cancer. This charity is very close to her and her family’s hearts as they have helped her niece throughout her treatment.

Charlotte Madden

Sponsor: RITS

26 year old Charlotte lives in Dublin 5 and works as a technology project manager in an American health care company in Dublin 1. She studied Applied Psychology in college and has been working in the technology sector for the past couple of years. In her spare time Charlotte loves to travel around Europe by herself on the weekends – as you do! She loves visiting museums and art galleries, and taking photos of European cities. Charlotte is sponsored by Rits, the first Irish owned company to specialize in independent advice on cyber and information security.

Chloe English

Sponsor: Littlepace Village

Chloe is 19 year olds and hails from Clonee. She is a second year student in Maynooth University and is studying Geography and English. When asked which her favourite is by our MC John Drummey, Chloe replied saying “although my second name is English, I think I prefer Geography!” Chloe wants to become a secondary school teacher when she finishes college. She has a huge passion for sport, and is a coach to the U8 Boys team in Erin go Bragh. She also works as a waitress in the Cottage on Achill Island. She is sponsored by Littlepace Village.

Emma Biggar

Sponsor: Salon Zebra

21 year old Emma is from Blackrock and is studying nursing in UCD. She also works as a hostess in Krystle nightclub. Emma loves golf, dancing, skiing and travelling. She has always wanted a career in healthcare as she was diagnosed with a rare long term illness at the age of 3 called JDM. Having spent most of her childhood attending Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street, Emma wants to work in a hospital to help other people the way she has been helped and supported growing up. She is delighted to be in remission and pursuing this goal. She is sponsored by Salon Zeba.

Emma James

Sponsor: Neebra Whitewater

21 year old Emma James is a nail technician. She trained with Young Nails in Blanchardstown and loves her job, She likes to go walking with her puppy Teddy and is interested in fashion, make-up and interior design. Emma watches the Rose of Tralee every year is so glad she has entered and met so many lovely ladies. She is sponsored by NeeBa Whitewater who have done her hair and make-up for all of the rose events.

Janine Ryan

Sponsor: Make A Wish (Ireland)

27 year old Janine was born and raised in Dublin and studied Business and Law in UCD. After graduating, she moved to London, and worked for a charity called The English-Speaking Union, running speech and debate programmes for school and university students across the UK and abroad. In 2014 Janine moved home and began working for Bank of Ireland. She currently works on the Leveraged Acquisition Finance team. She is also training as a Childline volunteer at the moment. Janine is sponsored by her friends and family and is raising awareness for Make-A-Wish Ireland.

Jennifer Van Boxtel

Sponsor: SP General Maintenance Company

Jennifer is originally from North Dublin but moved in Kildare in 2001 where she grew up in a small village called Kilcock. She moved to Northern Ireland last year but works in Gheel Autism Service in Fairview in Dublin. In 2012, Jennifer also took a two year break from work and study, and travelled Asia and Australia. Whilst on her travels she developed a love for fitness and began weightlifting. She is sponsored by SP General Maintenance Company.

Lily-Mai Hand

Sponsor: Techcrete

21 year old Lily-Mai lives in Donabate and is in her third year of Contruction Management in DIT Bolton Street. She adores travelling and volunteering and spent last summer in South Africa volunteering between an animal sanctuary and an orphanage. Two years ago Lily-Mai set up a college society for girls on her campus as DIT Bolton Street is a male dominated college. She is sponsored by Techrete.

Maria Coughlan

Sponsor: St Sylvester’s GAA CLub

Maria is 25 years old and is from Malahide. She is the youngest of three children and is a primary school teacher in St. Vincent de Paul Infant School on Griffith Avenue. Maria is a champion Irish Dancer, having retired last year as a two time World Champion, five time All Ireland Champion and three time Dublin Regional Champion. She has recently set up her own school, the Coughlan School of Ireland Dancing. Maria works voluntarily at the ‘Vincent’s’ shop in the village in aid of the St. Vincent de Paul charity. She is sponsored by St. Sylvester’s GAA Club in Malahide.

Meabh Larkin

Sponsor: Encore! School of Performing Arts

25 year old Maebh is from Balinteer. She works as an electronic engineer in Intel in Leixlip. As part of her job she helps design cutting edge technology for the Internet of Things and wearable devices industries. As an advocate for women in technology, Maebh is an active mentor to female university students and a regular panellist at events that encourage girls to choose careers in STEM. She is also a big fan of musical theatre, having trained and taught with Encore! School of Performing Arts who are her sponsors.

Méabh Ní Choileáin

Sponsor: Fighting Words

26 year old Méabh is a primary school teacher from Dublin. She recently returned from Washington D.C., where she pursued a Fulbright scholarship at the Catholic University of America and acted as a Cultural Ambassador for Ireland. Méabh has volunteered as a creative writing tutor for the Dublin based children’s charity, Fighting Words, which is her chosen sponsor. She also has a love for music, and is a soprano with her local choir, The Ranelagh Singers. In addition, she describes herself as a keen baker, cyclist, animal lover and D.S.P.C.A. supporter

Niamh Kelly

Sponsor: Mercury Engineering

Niamh is 26 years old and is loving in Knocklyon. She works as a planner for Mercury Enginnering and is currently working on site on a data centre in Dublin. Niamh is mother to her beautiful little boy Calvin. She loves music, can play the fiddle and is currently being taught by her sister how to play the piano. She also includes random mountain hikes, running, tennis, home workouts and dancing in her list of hobbies. She is sponsored by Mercury Engineering.

Niamh Walsh

Sponsor: Rea Comiskey

From Clontarf, 22 year old Niamh is a newly qualified teacher. She just finished her degree in Marino Institute of Education two weeks ago! For the past six years Niamh has been a children’s entertainer with Sillybilly Events so you could see her dressed up as a fairy princess as part of a day’s work. She volunteers for Saint Vincent De Paul’s organisation “Sunshine House”, where you bring children from disadvantaged backgrounds on their holidays for a week out to Sunshine House in Balbriggan. Niamh has a huge passion for singing, dancing and performing, having been a student of the Billie Barry Stage School for 16 years. She is sponsored by Rea Cumisky.

Nicola McCarron

Sponsor: Aztec Construction

23 year old Nicola is from Rathfarnham and is a recent graduate of Business and Management in DIT. She currently works in AIB Bankcentre in the Bancassurance Products team. Nicola loves Irish dancing and is currently studying to qualify as an Irish Dance teacher and hopes to open her own class in the future. She has also played the flute for many years in the Knocklyon Concert Band Society. Nicola is sponsored by Artec Contstruction.

Nicole Pierce

Sponsor: Royal Irish Academy of Music

27 year old Nicole is from Lucan. She qualified as a secondary school teacher of Music in 2013 but has since gone on to study graduate medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons. She is finishing her second year at the moment and loving it. Nicole is a soprano with the professional choir Lassus and performs with her two sisters at weddings and gigs around Ireland. She was elected Vice President of the RCSI Paediatrics Society this year, and is running the VHI Womens Mini Marathon in June in aid of Saving Dylan. Her sponsor is the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where she began studying singing and piano at the age of nine.

Orla Byrne

Sponsor: The Old School House Swords

20 year old Orla Byrne is from Swords and is currently studying to be a nurse. Having completed a pre-nursing course in Whitehall college last year, it gave Orla the option to study General Nursing in UCD this year. Orla describes herself as a caring person who loves to chat and know that she’s helping others. She works part time as a waitress in the The Old Schoolhouse Bar and Restaurant in Swords who are her sponsor this year.

Rachel Govan

Sponsor: O’Connor Carroll

Racheal manages a creche and is currently studying towards her undergraduate degree in NUI Maynooth. Her degree specialises in Early Education and Learning. Her overall professional goal is to progress to Lecturer level as she would someday hope to assist others excel in their role as early childhood educators. In her spare time, Racheal loves kickboxing and is part of Macho Gym in Walkinstown. She is an active supporter and fundraiser for the Laura Lynn Foundation, a cause very close to my own heart. She is sponsored by O’Connor Carroll.

Sarah Roberts

Sponsor: Crossfit Green

21 year old Sarah is from Sandyford and is in her second year of international languages in UCD, studying Spanish and Italian. She works part time in Starbucks in the Beacon. Sarah loved ballet and has been dancing with the Brona MacNally School of Dance for over 17 years. She also sings in the church choir in Glencullen and plays softball with her dad for Dublin Bay Packers. Sarah is sponsored by Crossfit Green.

Shauna Conroy

Sponsor: Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport

24 year old Shauna is from Santry and is an event coordinator in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. She recently completed her degree in Event Management and loves her job as no two days are ever the same for her. Shauna travelled to Sri Lanka this year and got to experience the beautiful island and culture. She is sponsored by the Crowne Plaza Hotel.