Sinéad is crowned Kilkenny Rose

KILKENNY’S Sinéad de Butléir has been selected to represent the county in this year’s Rose of Tralee regional finals.

KILKENNY’S Sinéad de Butléir has been selected to represent the county in this year’s Rose of Tralee regional finals.

She was chosen from the 11 contestants at the Kilkenny Rose of Tralee’s selection night on Saturday in the Ormonde Hotel.

With a 150 strong crowd there to support and cheer on the Roses and two escorts, each took to the stage to be interviewed by KCLR’s Brendan Hennessy. There was great entertainment by the Roses with Áine Aspiel singing Frank Sinatra’s The Way You Look Tonight, Fiona Sheehy singing Adel’s Make You Feel My Love, Angela Barrett preforming a monologue about the recession and customers’ turmoil over shop prices to great laughter, and Terri O’Donovan ending the show with a rendition of No Frontiers.

Each contestant was also put through an interview with the panel of three judges.

Sinead will now represent Kilkenny at the regional finals in Portlaois during the June Bank Holiday weekend, from which six will go forward to the International Festival in Tralee in August.

A 20-year-old from the village of Dungarvan, Sinéad is a first-year nursing student at Waterford IT. She had considered entering the competition last year but “got cold feet”, and when the organisers contacted her this year she decided to take the chance.

On the honour of representing Kilkenny, she said: “I am absolutely delighted, but I am a bit nervous as well. It is a bit daunting, but I am privileged to represent this county.”

As for the thought of making it to the final found of competition, she said: “It would be a dream come true. It would be the icing on the cake.”

She noted, however, that she is more than happy just to have got this far. To reach the final, she said, would be “unbelievable”. She can bet Kilkenny will be cheering her all the way.