The new Dublin Rose is Maria Coughlan, a 25 year old school teacher from Malahide in North Dublin.
She is the youngest of three children and teaches at 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 Irish Dancing.
Maria came out on top of a pool of forty seven roses, twenty four of whom qualified for the Dublin Rose Grand Final, hosted by RTE’s Marty Morrissey in the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel. The judges on the night were Mark Mooney (Former International Rose Escort), Shauna Coyne (2013 Westmeath Rose) and Jan Dowling (Former International Judge at the Rose of Tralee Festival).
Maria will now go on to represent the capital at the 2017 International Rose of Tralee Festival in Kerry in August as the Dublin Rose.
Maria’s Bio for the Dublin Rose Selections 2017
My name is Maria Coughlan and I’m 25 years old. I was born in Dublin and raised in Malahide, Co. Dublin by my wonderful parents Brendan and Mary. I am the youngest of three children, and the only sister to my two brothers John and Niall. I studied primary teaching for 3 years in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and graduated in 2013 with an Honours Degree in the Bachelor of Education.
After 3 years of teaching in Malahide, I am now teaching permanently in St. Vincent de Paul Infant School on Griffith Avenue which I absolutely adore. My main hobby since age 5 has been Irish dancing with the Claire McKenna School of Dancing (CRN), and I was delighted to retire at age 24 as 2 x World Champion, 5 x All Ireland Champion and 3 x Dublin Regional Champion.
I’ve recently set up my own dance school in Glasnevin, the Coughlan School of Irish Dancing, and it’s going really well so far. My other hobbies include playing the guitar and fiddle, running, fitness classes and travelling, and with my Saturday mornings now free from Irish dance classes, I work voluntarily at the ‘Vincent’s’ shop in the village in aid of the St. Vincent de Paul charity.
I’m delighted to have been sponsored by St. Sylvester’s GAA Club in Malahide, as GAA has been a massive part of our family’s life and is central to the community of Malahide. I am proud to represent them and would like to thank them for their sponsorship and for everything else they have done in making my Dublin Rose experience a truly enjoyable one.