Fingers crossed for Kilkenny Rose

AFTER a momentous victory in Croke Park on Sunday the Cats are now turning to cheer on Kilkenny rose Aoibhinn Murphy who will compete in this year’s Rose of Tralee festival.

AFTER a momentous victory in Croke Park on Sunday the Cats are now turning to cheer on Kilkenny rose Aoibhinn Murphy who will compete in this year’s Rose of Tralee festival.

The 19-year-old who recently performed in Devious Theatre’s production Night of the Living Dead was interviewed by Daithi O Se in the Dome in Tralee last night.

She had the audience in stitches as she regaled her father, Paul’s romantic nature. “He sold his car so he could buy my mum an engagement ring,” she said. Her father, a well known cabinet maker went a shade of red to match his dickie bow as his daughter spoke about how he originally had went out with her mother’s flatmate until he met her mother one night at the door and knew she was the one for him.

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. Aoibhin performed 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 and family have travelled to Tralee to cheer her on. The Kilkenny Rose is sponsored by the Ormonde Hotel. The winner of the festival will be announced later this evening. Fingers are crossed in the Marble City who is a favourite to win.