Louth Rose impresses at Rose of Tralee final

Louth Rose Patricia ‘Polly’ Marmion sang her heart out at the Rose of Tralee final last week

Louth Rose Patricia ‘Polly’ Marmion sang her heart out at the Rose of Tralee final last week

Cork girl Nicola McEvoy, the Luxembourg Rose may have been crowned the 54th Rose of Tralee but the Louth and Melbourne Roses still did our wee county proud.

Louth Rose Patricia Marmion, looked stunning on the night in a gorgeous cream dress.

The 27 year old spoke to Daithi about her job as project manager for Real Events and The Food Dudes programme that she is involved in which aims to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among primary school children by having them “eat fruit and vegetables because they want to not because they have to.”

Patricia, whose nickname is Polly, also spoke about playing football for her local club Cooley Kickhams and the Louth county team before she performed a wonderful rendition of At Last that enchanted the audience.

Melbourne Rose, Claire Lynch, originally from Stabannon, also made an impression on Daithi O Se and the audience when for her party piece she took off part of her dress to enable her to show the similarities and differences between Australian football and Irish Gaelic.

The football she had brought with her had been signed by all the members of the Melbourne football team and will be auctioned off for the Reach Foundation once she goes back to Melbourne.

She told Daithi she emigrated to Australia after she finished college.

“there wasn’t much work around and I also wanted to travel as well, so I set off, told my parents I might see you in three months, might see you in six months and four years later I’m still there.”

Claire told Daithi that she was delighted she got to take part in the regionals.

“Melbourne hasn’t had a Rose for 10 years so I had to go through regionals which I’m really thankful for as it’s been an amazing week.”

Claire flew back to Melbourne last Monday.