High hopes for our Kilkenny Rose

FRESH off the Watergate stage Kilkenny Rose Aoibhin Murphy is hoping that she has what it takes to be crowned the 2012 Rose of Tralee. The 19-year-old who recently performed in Devious Theatre’s production Night of the Living Dead will represent Kilkenny at the Rose of Tralee finals which will take place in the Dome on Sunday.

FRESH off the Watergate stage Kilkenny Rose Aoibhin Murphy is hoping that she has what it takes to be crowned the 2012 Rose of Tralee. The 19-year-old who recently performed in Devious Theatre’s production Night of the Living Dead will represent Kilkenny at the Rose of Tralee finals which will take place in the Dome on Sunday.

The youngest of all the Roses is no stranger to the stage having performed in numerous stage productions as well as being involved in debating and public speaking. “I have been involved in Devious for the past two years and before that I was involved in Dreamstuff and the Young Irish Filmmakers. “The guys in Devious were very understanding. We had six weeks of rehearsals so I had to juggle a bit to fit everything it. I have been involved in public speaking since I was 12 and it was great for my confidence. I had a bit of a stammer when I was a child and I got involved in speech and drama and that helped a lot. I love the acting as well, it boosts confidence and is a great way to escape,” she said.

The Trinity College student, who has just completed her first year also starred in a college production of The Vagina Monologues. “It was a bit of a shocker but it opened up the audiences’ eyes.”

Aoibhin moved to Kilkenny from Dublin at the age of four lives on the Granges Road and went to school at Loretto Secondary School.

“I have worked in the Ormonde Hotel for the past few years. They are my sponsor and they have been fantastic. I love working there. Waitressing is great life experience as you have to be able to communicate with people from all walks of life. It would be amazing to for to win and I am really proud to represent Kilkenny. It would give me the opportunity to travel around the world and it would give me a headstart as well as being a lot of fun. I didn’t expect to win the Kilkenny Rose and I am really proud of that, it has been a cool experience. Everyone has really got behing me and people just approach me on the street and offer their support. It has been wonderful to get the chance to meet so many new people as well,” she said.

Aoibhin will perform a monologue from An Ideal Husband at the Dome. “I think it is kind of fitting. She is the youngest character in the play and I am the youngest Rose,” she said. Friends, family and co workers will be clinking glasses at the Ormonde Hotel at 9.30pm on Thursday for a champagne celebration farewell party.