Maria wins VIP Most Stylish Newcomer

Maria has ben voted Most Stylish Newcomer at the VIP Style Awards, beating off stiff competition from many amazingly stylish women. Maria was voted for by you the people, and was overwhelmed by the achievement.

“I hope if or when a picture of me gets posted for this that a young person will look at it and think: ‘She’s a pioneer and she’s stylish – I could be that. Or she’s a Rose of Tralee, she’s kinda cool – I could be that. Or she’s a member of the LGBT community and she’s okay – I can feel that way.’ Let’s promote a whole person to our young people folks. Thanks VIP and @mikeywal90 for a fun filled night last night.” Maria

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Rose of Tralee visits Belarus with Chernobyl Children International

Rose of Tralee Maria, Roses and Rose Escorts travelled to Belarus to care for the children at the Vesnova Orphanage. Each raised money for the trip themselves via individual donations. It is a trip that has become an important part of the Rose and Rose Escort experience, and one that many return to on a yearly basis.

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Roses & Escorts head to Belarus with Chernobyl Children International

Rose of Tralee Maria flies from Philadelphia to Minsk today to begin the trip to Belarus in Ukraine. Maria and a group of Roses and Escorts from 2014 will be visiting the Vesnova Orphanage with Adi Roche and Chernobyl Children International to help care for the children there. The trip has become an annual event for Roses and Escorts, who are required to raise their own funds for the trip.

We’ll have some photos and videos on the Blog soon. Below is a picture of 2013 Rose of Tralee Haley O’Sullivan with children on her trip last year.

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Rose of Tralee 32 County Tour – Day 14 Louth, Meath

The last day of Maria’s round Ireland tour! She finished off in style in Louth where she met up with Louth Rose Ciara Soroghan and visited the Carlingford Adventure Centre. In Meath she was guest of Meath Rose Sinead O’Sullivan who took her to visit Drumree GAA as well as a few selfies with local children.

Thank you to everyone who came along to see Maria on her tour, and especially to all those businesses and schools who made her feel so welcome on the way. A huge thank you to all our Rose Centres and their Roses who made the trip possible for Maria and organised so many visits and adventures for her. The search for 2015 Roses started with you!

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Rose of Tralee 32 County Tour – Day 11 Tyrone, Derry

On Day 11 of her round the island tour, Maria was in Tyrone where she visited local schools and Tyrone Rose Centre sponsors with Tyrone Rose Sinead Taggart, got to sing songs from Frozen at All Saints Primary Omagh and visit the Garden of Remembrance. Then it was on to Derry where she met up with Derry Rose Katie Dobson to visit St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s College, walkabout around Derry City Centre and Richmond Shopping Centre and spent the evening in the White Horse Hotel.

A Visit to Stevie King @ Q101.2 for a wee Radio Interview

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Rose of Tralee 32 County Tour – Day 10 Sligo, Donegal

Maria spent the morning in Sligo as guest of the Sligo Rose Centre and Rose Irene Hennessey where she got a tour of Lissadell House and a visit to excited children at Sooey National School where Irene is a former pupil. It was then on to Donegal for the afternoon to meet Donegal Rose Tamara Payne at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, a visit to local Donegal Rose Centre sponsors in Ballybofey and Letterkenny.

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