21 year old Ciara Soraghan was crowned this years Louth Rose of Tralee at the selection ceremony in the Fairways Hotel on Friday night.
Ciara, who is from Haggardstown, impressed the judges on the night and will now go forward to the regional finals in Portlaoise, which take place over the June bank hoilday weekend.
The former St Furseys and St Marys student was delighted to have won the title.
“Ive never done anything like this before so I was very nervous,” said Ciara, who currently works at Paypal in Dundalk. “My friends were shocked to hear that I was entering but they were all there on the night to support me with lots of banners. I couldn’t have gotten up on stage without their support.
“It was a brilliant night and I had great craic with all the other Roses. We had gone a tour of Louth the previous week and gotten to know one another.”
Ciara, who graduated from Maynooth University last September with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in business and geography, was encouraged to enter the competition by her mother.
“Myself and mam always watch the show every year and she pushed me to enter as I graduated last year and would be able to focus on it.”
Ciara impressed the judges on Friday night with an acoustic cover of Kings of Leon track ‘Use Somebody’ and hopes to sing again at the regional finals.
“I’ve never sang in front of people before so I was very nervous but it went great and I hope to sing something different at the regionals.”