James escorts Big Apple Rose

Rose of Tralee International Escort, James Duignan (22), has been partnered with Caitlin McNeill of the Big Apple Rose Centre in New York. The news, which was announced earlier today (Friday, August 19), follows a gala introductory ball which was held in Tralee last night.

Rose of Tralee International Escort, James Duignan (22), has been partnered with Caitlin McNeill of the Big Apple Rose Centre in New York. The news, which was announced earlier today (Friday, August 19), follows a gala introductory ball which was held in Tralee last night.

Caitlin, who recently graduated from St. Joseph’s College in New York, holds a degree in Child Study (General Education and Special Education) and Speech-Language Pathology. The 22-year-old native of New York plans to undergo her Masters in Speech Language.

Caitlin has studied Irish step dancing since the age of 10 and has performed all over the United States. She enjoys going to traditional Irish music sessions, meeting new people, and getting up to do a few steps in a fun, informal atmosphere. Caitlin can trace her Irish ancestry back to her great grandparents who were from counties Mayo and Cork.

James qualified as a Rose of Tralee International Escort when he successfully completed the boot camp earlier this year. James is a son of John and Assumpta Duignan of the Tally Ho bar, Longford.