South Australia Rose Sarah Doherty, whose parents emigrated together from Callan and Cuffesgrange in 1987, was among 15 of the international contingent of this year’s Rose of Tralee contestants who gathered in Dublin’s Croke Park on Monday to be presented with Certificates of Irish Heritage.
Sporting the Kilkenny county jersey, Sarah was presented with her certificate by Kerryman Dick Spring.
The Certificate of Irish Heritage is a Government document signed by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore as an official recognition of a person’s Irish ancestry by the Government of Ireland. Anyone in Ireland can give one of these certificates to their relatives or contacts overseas as a reminder of the emotional ties that link Irish families and communities together.
Each certificate is a personal record of the recipient’s Irish roots, showing the name of his or her Irish ancestor and the town or parish in Ireland from which they came.
Speaking about the presentation of the Certificate of Irish Heritage to the 2012 Rose of Tralee contestants, Dick Spring said: “I am delighted to present Sarah with this official Certificate, showing her Kilkenny roots. I hope Sarah will have a wonderful experience here in Ireland during the Rose of Tralee Festival and that she will treasure this permanent reminder of her links to Ireland.”