On Tuesday last, August 20, Texas Rose Haley O’Sullivan was crowned Rose of Tralee 2013.
From Dallas, Texas, 25-year-old Haley earned the title after the Rose tour and selection. While speaking to Shannonside last week, Haley revealed that along with her Cork roots, she also had Longford links. “My paternal grandmother’s parents are from Longford” she explained.
Though the Texas Rose walked away with the crown, Longford Rose Aisling Farrell did her county extremely proud. “I had a great time. It was kind of surreal to be honest!” Aisling explains. Having visited various landmarks throughout Ireland, Aisling met her escort Loughlin in Galway, before making their way down to Tralee. “It was fantastic. The people of Tralee are so welcoming and so so lovely.”
Aisling admits she got nervous just before going on stage at the Dome, but adds that it was lovely to see so much support in the audience. “It was an absolute privilege to get where I’ve got” Aisling said, adding that she was “coming home now with a huge amount of new friends”. “I would highly recommend anyone to do it next year” she concluded.
On behalf of the Longford Rose committee Grainne Fox thanked Aisling and all who helped along the way, particularly Amy Leslie of Headstrong Millinery Design, Sarah Strange of Grasshopper, Patrick Casey, Nuala Farrell, Sharon Noonan of Saffron Rouge, Ciaran O’ Hanlon of O’ Hanlon’s Pharmacy Ballymahon and Pauline and staff of Grafters Hair Co.
“Thanks also go to The Dance On Band, Cooney’s Hotel, Cullen’s Footwear, Ward’s Pharmacy, Innyside Service Station Ballymahon, Áine’s Health and Beauty Ballymahon, Halo Design Ballymahon, Patricia Dooley, Dee’s Café, David Wynn, The Longford Leader, Shannonside Radio, longfordlocal, Kelly O’Dowd Freelance Makeup Artist, all who helped out, donated prizes and sold tickets for the raffle, especially Mary Kenny, Dorothy Fox, Peter McKenna, Glasson Golf Club Hotel, Kilronan Castle, Viewmount House, Hanly’s Newsagents, Diffley’s Hardware, Fuchsia Design, Martin Skelly, Declan Fox and all at The Peer Inn!” Grainne added.