Nikki looks forward to summer

Longford Rose Nikki O’Byrne is looking forward to a busy summer representing County Longford and its people at a variety of events throughout the county. Fresh from her visit to Portlaoise, the Longford town native, is keen not to lose the momentum gained at the recent Regional Finals.

Longford Rose Nikki O’Byrne is looking forward to a busy summer representing County Longford and its people at a variety of events throughout the county. Fresh from her visit to Portlaoise, the Longford town native, is keen not to lose the momentum gained at the recent Regional Finals.

“This year is a once in a life time opportunity,” said Nikki. “I’m hoping to represent the county at as many events as possible and really make the most of my time as the Longford Rose.”

Looking back at the Regional Finals in Portlaoise (June 3-6) Nikki was delighted with her experience.

“I was the first one of the girls to meet Daithi O’Shea. He was so lovely. The whole experience was brilliant and such a great way to learn how to communicate with others,” said Nikki who spends most of her time living in Galway where she studies at NUI Galway.

Over the weekend 51 roses came from different parts of the globe to compete for a final place in the Rose of Tralee 2011. Although Nikki gave an excellent interview she unfortunately did not succeed in getting through.

“It was just an incredible experience being there and meeting everyone,” said Nikki. “It was definitely worth it and at the end of the day I’m still the Longford Rose and I will be for a full year. That’s not it for me.”

During her year as the Longford Rose Nikki hopes to be able to attend as many public events as possible. If you would like Nikki to attend your public event, then please contact the Longford Rose Committee on longfordrose@gmail.com.