The Rose of Tralee Regional Finals will once again take place in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from today (Wednesday May 30) until Sunday (June 3). This year Longford will be represented by Killoe native, Emily Hughes.
A daughter of Frank and Margaret, Emily is a qualified doctor undertaking research at the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Speaking to the Leader, Emily said that she was ready for the challenging weekend ahead.
“Physically I’m ready for it but psychologically I’m not so sure,” she laughed.
On the night, Emily will be interviewed by Kerry native Dáithí Ó Sé and during her interview she will perform a piece of music.
“I play a lot of different instruments but I’m going to play the piano accordion that night,” she said.
In terms of her wardrobe, Emily confessed that she has been really lucky to receive clothes from her sisters who share her love of beautiful dresses.
“I have no sponsorship for clothing so my sisters’ help is really welcome,” she said. “I also picked up a few pieces in TK Max.”
Speaking to the Leader, Gráinne Fox of the Longford Rose of Tralee committee said: “We have a truly wonderful Rose going forward and we wish her well in Portlaoise. I am confident that she will do us proud and we are all really looking forward to seeing her on stage.”