Maria Coughlan is the 2017 Dublin Rose of Tralee.
Her official bio for the Rose of Tralee International states:
My name is Maria Coughlan and I’m 25 years old. I come from Malahide, Co. Dublin and was raised by my wonderful parents Brendan and Mary. I have two older brothers, John and Niall, whom I always had the best fun with growing up. I am a fully-qualified primary school teacher after graduating from St. Patrick’s College with an honours degree in 2013, and I’m now teaching permanently in St. Vincent de Paul Infant School, Griffith Avenue, where I’m extremely happy.
My main hobby since age five has been Irish dancing with the Claire McKenna School of Dancing, Malahide, and I was delighted to retire last summer at age 24 as two-times World Champion, five-times All Ireland Champion and three-times Dublin Regional Champion. Since retiring I’ve created my own Irish dancing blog called ‘Twinkle Toes’; I love writing and want to use my own personal experiences to relate to people, to connect with dancers and to provide support and helpful advice wherever I can. It’s always been a dream of mine to set up a dance school and so this year the Coughlan School of Irish Dancing opened its doors in Glasnevin. I’m so delighted with its success so far, we have a fantastic bunch of dancers and I’m very excited for the future.
I’m a very musical person, I love to sing and can play the fiddle and the guitar. I enjoy running, fitness classes and travelling around the world, and I’ve also been enjoying doing some voluntary work at the ‘Vincent’s’ shop in Malahide in aid of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
I’m delighted to be this year’s Dublin Rose and would like to say a sincere thanks to St. Sylvester’s GAA Club, Malahide, for sponsoring me in the first place, for without them I could not have partaken in this incredible experience.