Corkwoman Vera McGrath wowed the judges at the selection of the Kilkenny Rose at the Ormonde Hotel last Sunday.
The vivacious 26-year-old moved from Cork to the Marble City in January to take up a job at St Luke’s Hospital.
“People have been so welcoming, it is amazing, Kilkenny really feels like home now,” she said.
A regular Sunday spectator at Nowlan Park the occupational therapist has a great love of hurling.
“When we were growing up we were brought to all the matches, regardless of who was playing so I kept up the tradition when I moved. Kilkenny are a great hurling team,” she said.
Originally from Glouthaune, Vera graduated with an honours degree in Occupational Therapy from NUI Galway in 2012.
A fashion enthusiast, she was most recently spotted modelling to raise funds for Luke’s MRI scanner in the Lyrath Estate Hotel.
Vera is also an award nominated personal style fashion blogger.
“I am over the moon to be chosen. The reason I entered the competition was to make friends and already I have met so many great people. Gillian Burke, the Wicklow Rose is working in Kilkenny so it great to have her around for support and to share ideas with.
“I am looking forward to taking part in the regional heats, it will be tough but I will just do my best and see what happens,” she said.
The regional finals take place in Portlaoise over the June Bank holiday weekend.