Kilkenny woman through to the Rose of Tralee finals

Kilkenny girl, Niamh Bergin representing Luxembourg and Teresa Maria Brennan, a teracher in Colaiste Pobail Osrai representing Laois with Daihi O'Se after qualifying for the Rose of Tralee International Final. Photo: Pat Moore.
Kilkenny native Niamh Bergin will represent Luxembourg in the Rose of Tralee International Festival in August.

Kilkenny native Niamh Bergin will represent Luxembourg in the Rose of Tralee International Festival in August.

Niamh is a graduate in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Limerick and works for The Bank of New York Mellon in Luxembourg.

“One of the greatest things about my experience is the friends I’ve made. I have been lucky to make friends from not only from Ireland but from all over the world. I love being around people.

“This I believe I have inherited from my mother, who is a tourist guide in Kilkenny Castle. I recently completed a Fáilte Ireland workshop on welcoming visitors to Kilkenny. My parents also hosted a Bed and Breakfast in Urlingford and for years we have welcomed people from all horizons. This meant growing up I was constantly surrounded by new people from all walks of life,” she said.

Niamh is one of 23 Roses who were shortlisted last night to proceed to the Rose of Tralee International Festival which will take place from August 15 - 19.

Hundreds of people turned out in Portlaoise, Mountmellick, Abbeyleix and Barrowhouse to greet the 60 Roses at the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival over the weekend.

Teresa Maria Brennan, a teacher in Colaiste Pobail Osrai also qualified and will represent Laois at the festival.

Wicklow Rose Gillian Burke, who works in Kilkenny and Kilkenny Rose Vera McGrath both gave outstanding interviews to host Daithi O Se.

“I am honoured to have represented Kilkenny and I am lucky to have been part of the Rose Regional finals and I am grateful to have made so many new friends,” she Vera.

Gillian Burke also thanked everyone for their ‘support and good wishes’.

“I had one of the best weekends of my life, I have met 59 amazing girls and I’d like to congratulate the girls who made it to Tralee, I’ll be there to cheer them on,” she added.