Search for 2015 Rose of Tralee starts as Maria Walsh spends Women’s Christmas with Dáithí Ó Sé

Rose of Tralee search for Rose 8MARIA Walsh has travelled over 65,000 miles, more than the earth’s circumference, since becoming the Rose of Tralee, and will travel hundreds more over the coming fortnight in a bid to find the 2015 Rose of Tralee.

Maria celebrated Women’s Christmas at The Loop in Cork Airport with RTÉ Host Dáithí Ó Sé where they announced details of her upcoming tour of Ireland which will see her visit schools, charities and iconic landmarks.

On Monday 12th January, travelling in her Kia Soul car, Maria will set off from the home of the Festival’s lead sponsor, Newbridge Silverware to visit 32 counties in 15 days to encourage young women to take part in a life-changing event.

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Maria Walsh, the 56th International Rose of Tralee, said: “I never expected to hear Dáithí call out ‘Philadelphia’ in the Dome and to be honest, I can’t really find one word impactful enough to share how extraordinary it has been ever since. It has indeed been a busy few months meeting people on my travels to Ireland, India and South Africa and on all of these journeys I have shared my wonderful experiences of the Rose of Tralee International Festival. I’m looking forward to welcoming many more people into the Rose of Tralee family over the coming weeks and months.”

ROSEmapIreland300dpiSince being crowned as the 2014 Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh has travelled to Kolkata, India with the Hope Foundation, South Africa with Niall Melon Trust, walked the many stalls at the Ploughing Championship, stood on the green field of Croke Park wearing the Mayo colours and has spoken to many young people.

Maria will travel to Belarus with Chernobyl Children’s International in February, New York & Washington DC in March and down under to Australia in May.