Westmeath Rose Rachel Duffy crowned Rose of Tralee 2022

Westmeath Rose Rachel Duffy became emotional as she was crowned the 62nd Tralee International Rose at tonight’s finale.

With tears in her eyes when she received the Rose of Tralee belt, Rachel said: “I was completely shocked. We had a great year at Westmeath with Fleadh Cheoil and now Rose of Tralee.”

Rachel said she wished her mother, whom she lost as a child, could have been there last night to see her receive this honor.

“I fell in love with my mom here, I want my family to know that I love them so much,” she said on stage.

The 23-year-old is from Rosemount, Westmeath and works in the P Egan pub in Moate, but she is returning to college in September hoping to become a teacher of Spanish and English.

The final night of the festival saw a grand jig that was once considered the world record for longest Riverdance was tested with 1,200 spectators.

Dubai Rose Aileen Mc Alister (28) made Dáithí Ó Sé and the crowd perform their one-two beat, as she had previously entered the world record for Riverdance’s largest concert.

It wasn’t the only time Dáith put on her dancing shoes when the night was filled with music and craic, and Roses – like every other year – held on to the Kerry man.

Friends and family of 33 Roses filled the dome at Munster University of Technology as the popular festival returned from a two-year post-pandemic hiatus.

After a packed show on Monday, tonight’s show is no less exciting, with a three-and-a-half hour live broadcast featuring talk, singing, dancing, and some weird and wonderful talent. great.

The CPR performance, drum performance, and sean dance – complete with barrels and brushes – were among the most entertaining of the night.

The Dublin Wild Youth band also entertained the audience midway through the show.

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Opening the show was 25-year-old Derry Rose Áine Morrison, who was greeted by cheers in the audience from her family.

Speaking before the cameras went live, Ms Morrison said she was a bit nervous being the first to stand on stage but was excited by the piano performance she wrote herself.

“Only one family had ever heard it, so I was like, ‘Oh my, it’s going to be live on TV.’ So I’m very excited about that. The guitar is my consolation.”

Kerry Rose Edaein O’Connell (27) performed The Night Visit after her friends and family went wild in the stands waving green and yellow.

Speaking before the show, she said there might be more focus on Kerry Rose when the festival gets to Tralee, but she tried not to put too much stress on herself.

“I think you can [feel pressure] if you’re into it but I was warned against it by former Kerry Roses, and the way I see it – and the way I approach it – it’s great to represent my county,” she said.

“I could never play football, I could never play football, so I will never wear Kerry’s jersey at Croke Park, so this is my David Clifford moment. I’m in full striker position and I’m very proud to be able to represent Kerry, especially after the festival hasn’t taken place for the past few years.

“So there was no pressure at all, someone told me to hit the road and don’t let go, so that’s what I’m doing.”

Texas Rose Arden Stringer (29 years old) is a favorite of the house’s winnings. After being crowned Rose 2022 for her home state, her parents decided to fulfill their lifelong dream by moving to Ireland.

They sold their home in the US and bought a property in Oughterard, Co Galway.

Ms Stringer said she would love to move with her family to Ireland permanently but has not yet been granted a visa.

“It was a fantasy in our family throughout our lives. We have always felt very attached to our Irish heritage,” she told the Irish Independent.

“We have family friends here, we’ve visited a few times in my life, and it’s only since Covid hit and the political situation in the United States turned scary that we started figuring out how to make it a reality. reality, and my dad was considering retirement so the stars were aligned.

“They found a property they liked and they got a retirement visa. “I haven’t secured a visa yet, so I’m going between them and my sister in California but my goal is definitely to move here.”

Dáithí said Monday night’s performance was the busiest Rose of Tralee performance he’s been in since he first started composing it in 2011, and he admits he’s looking forward to the 2022 festival. finish so he can enjoy a few pints .

Unfortunately, his wife Rita and son Ógie were not in Tralee to see him present the show because they were on vacation in the US. However, he said that they watched it online and cheered him on from abroad.

“I went to bed last night and I can’t remember half of what we prepared on stage,” he said.

“I know some of the Roses, they’ve told personal stories of losing people, and to see them get through that and be able to stand up and take it the way they did, that’s always a high point.

“Outside of all the fun and games, it also has a serious side.”

Toronto Rose Maysen Tinkler (20 years old) became emotional as she stood on stage in a floor-length red evening gown and shared her autism diagnosis.

Born in Canada, Maysen’s maternal grandmother was from Glasnevin, Co Dublin.

“That was over a year ago [I was diagnosed with autism]It was such a relief when I was diagnosed, everyone congratulated me because it came as a relief,” she said.

“Growing up I felt very strange and different, I have a stutter and I never thought I would be here, I am very happy to be here.
“I was lacking hope so much, where am I going in my life? Why am I so different? “

The 20-year-old rocked the crowd when she performed a 1980s ensemble on drums as her friends and family hoisted the Canadian flag and danced with the elk cuddling in front of the audience.

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