Despite not qualifying for the Rose of Tralee final, Longford Rose Kathleen Mahon is delighted with her achievements so far and is looking forward to being a strong representative for Longford in the year ahead.
Describing her time at last weekend’s Regional Festival in Portlaoise, the 27-year-old mother of one said, “It was brilliant, an amazing experience. I got to do so many cool things; a vintage car parade, meeting rose buds, we went to Abbeyleix house. It was such a whirlwind.”
She praised the other women saying that each and every one of them deserved to be there.
“They were all amazing girls. I have made some really solid friends and I know that we will be friends for years to come. Even though it was a short space of time, we shared something special together.”
Understandably, the nerves got to her a little before she got on stage and being first up was no easy feat.
However, she felt she did the best she could and was happy with how she presented herself. “We were never put on the spot, it was just a chat about ourselves and like our own Benny O’Brien, Dáithí Ó Sé just makes you feel at ease.”
While Kathleen may not have proceeded through to Tralee, she is only slightly disappointed, as she feels she has become a part of something a whole lot bigger. “Naturally I am a little disappointed but I am just so happy to have been a part of this whole experience.
“They really emphasise the fact that no matter what happens, you are a Rose for your county regardless and I am so happy to represent Longford.”
“We will all go to Tralee to support the other girls. Even in Portlaoise, Roses from years ago came along to show their support.”
Kathleen plans to do as much as possible for the community in the coming year, especially with The Attic Youth Cafe, Rehab Care and the Longford Rose Centre.
She finished by extending thanks to all her family and friends, her partner Ben, daughter Cáitlín, Nicola Cox, owner of Cherche la Femme and her original sponsor Sharon Devlin, Pauline Belton in Grafters, The Attic Youth Cafe, Wendy Louise Knight for sponsoring beautiful headpieces, Rehab Care and her brother James who made banners and finally Grainne Fox and James Duignan and the Longford Rose Centre for their support.