THE daughter of a Louth man is set to represent New Zealand in the Rose of Tralee this year after Irish workmates encouraged her to enter the competition.
Judeena Carpenter, whose father, Tony, grew up in Annagassan, is planning to visit Co Louth during her 12-day trip to Ireland in August.
“We are all looking forward to the trip and to the Rose of Tralee. Judeena is very excited about it. We will also visit her aunts who are still in Ireland,” said Tony.
Judeena, aged 25, is based in Christchurch where she works as a Fletcher’s earthquake recovery engineer. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature in 2010.
Judeena mentored Maori and Pacific Island students at university and has also completed volunteer work in Cambodia.
To win the New Zealand crown, Judeena had to do a series of interviews onstage and offstage, answering questions about herself, her family, current events, her education, her hobbies, and her travels.
Growing up in an Irish-Samoan household in New Zealand, Judeena’s trip to Ireland will be the first time she has ever visited her father’s homeland.Tony emigrated to New Zealand in 1960.