An ideal Rose as Kilkenny contestant advances to finals

Kilkenny’s Aoibhín Murphy was chosen to advance to the final of the 2012 Rose of Tralee competition after competing in the regional finals in Portlaoise over the weekend.

Kilkenny’s Aoibhín Murphy was chosen to advance to the final of the 2012 Rose of Tralee competition after competing in the regional finals in Portlaoise over the weekend.

After wowing the judges with her wit and humour – and an Oscar Wilde monologue – the Kilkenny Rose is now set to take part in the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee in August.

She also has plenty to celebrate as she turns 19 tomorrow (Thursday).

“I enjoyed it immensely. It was great to meet all the 53 other girls and establish friendships for a lifetime,” Aoibhín said of the regional finals, which saw her travel to Portlaoise on Thursday and take part in excursions around the area before taking to the stage on Saturday night.

In her interview with host Dáithí Ó Sé, she spoke of her love of French, her experience writing for the Kilkenny People at age 15, and her love of acting and the theatre.

“I don’t think I was overly nervous; I was more excited than nervous – and you need nerves when you’re going onstage,” she said.

Party Piece

For her party piece she performed a monologue from Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, which she chose because she loves the play, and also “I wanted to link up with the Trinity College idea because I go to Trinity,” she said of the playwright who also studied there.

Fittingly, the character whose monologue she performed is Mable Chiltern, an independent young woman who is described at one point in the play as showing “a good deal of common sense” – and which Aoibhín felt suited her as the youngest in the competition.

Her mother and father accompanied her to Portlaoise for the event, as did her sister Shauna.

Her sister Aoife was unable to attend because she’s in Paris, but she’s already planning to come to the final in Kerry, which Aoibhín says she is very much looking forward to.