The green and gold of Stabannon and the red and navy of Melbourne are flying high for Claire Lynch who is representing Melbourne in the Rose of Tralee final
After flying in from Melbourne, Claire visited her home in Stabannon to see her mum Bernie, her dad Peter and her sister Deirdre who teaches in Drogheda. She then headed off on a countrywide tour with the other 31 contestants.
Claire emigrated to Melbourne after qualifying as an occupational therapist at the University of Ulster.
She is currently studying for her doctorate at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
A keen sportswoman, she played for Stabannon ladies GAA and now plays for St Kevin’s in Melbourne.
“I was lucky to get a job in Melbourne,” Claire told The Democrat this week. “I’m working as a community occupational therapist which means I help elderly people to remain living in their own homes raher than moving into care. It’s very rewarding because when you take on a client you also establish a professional working relationship with members of that family.”
And she has also established a great relationship with the other Roses this week.
“We really are great friends,” said Claire, “People come up and tell us that we are representing our home centres really well. And that’s what it’s all about.”