Kilkenny Rose Helena Hughes celebrating her 26th birthday in Tralee
The good humour and sunny disposition of Helena Hughes shone through during her recent television appearance at the Rose of Tralee finals.
The 26-year-old buying assistant for Brown Thomas is currently completing a Masters degree.
On stage Helena wowed the judges and the audience as she explained how her ‘modern family’ works and how she is grateful to be surrounded by such a loving network of people.
Helena has described her time in Tralee as ‘incredible’ and ‘one of the best experiences of her life’.
As well as being a wonderful Rose she has obviously found her niche and is now studying a Masters in Fashion Buying and Management on a part time basis. She completed her internship with Penneys head office in Dublin and she has also worked alongside the Irish designer, Liz Quinn. Helena now works in a cosmetics buying position in Brown Thomas and enjoys her role there.
The Kilkenny Rose is enjoying her title and had a great time in Tralee.
“I am very happy to be an ambassador for Kilkenny and I am very proud to be from here. I just love the friendliness of Kilkenny. It is a very create and special city and I really hope the Abbey Site is developed well and that a third level institution comes to Kilkenny. Not everyone gets the opportunity to come back,” she added. She cites her grandmother Hannah Mulhall as being one of her biggest influences and greatest friends.
“I am her biggest fan,” she said.