Fingers will be crossed in Kilkenny this evening as Niamh Bergin vies for the coveted title of Rose of Tralee 2014.
Niamh, who is from Urlingford is now living and working in Luxembourg and is representing her adopted homeland in the festival.
She will be interviewed live on RTE television this evening live from The Dome in Tralee but the winner will not be announced until all the Roses have been interviewed.
A graduate of Politics and Public Administration from the University of Limerick Niamh now works for The Bank of New York Mellon in Luxembourg.
Speaking about her time as a Rose she said that ‘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,” she said, which is not surprising considering that her mother is a tourist guide at Kilkenny Castle and her parents run a Bed and Breakfast in Urlingford.
During the Rose of Tralee festival Niamh will showcase a number of stunning pieces by designer Gwen Walsh of Breatnach Designs.
The millinery company based at the Kells Mill Craft Centre, will provide a number of bespoke hats and fascinators for Niamh throughout the competition.
“I am delighted to sponsor Niamh. Each hat was handcrafted uniquely for Niamh to complement her wardrobe and personality.” We are proud to be involved and wish Niamh the very best of luck in Tralee.”
In the city there will also be plenty of support for the Laois Rose, Teresa Maria Brennan, who is a teacher in Colaiste Pobail Osrai.
The Rose of Tralee International Festival will end tomorrow (August 19) evening when the overall winner is announced.