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We had an absolutely amazing time at the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival in Portlaoise with all of our 56 Roses! Thank you to so many people for all they did over the week, particularly Laois County Council, Laois Civil Defence, Laois Tourism, the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel and The Maldron Portlaoise.
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
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.
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.
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!