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Fermanagh’s Rose hoping to make it to the last six

Julie-Ann McCaffrey

Julie-Ann McCaffrey

FERMANAGH Rose, Julie-Ann McCaffrey, this week, will compete in the regional final of the Rose of Tralee.

“I have had a busy but exciting time since being made Fermanagh Rose,” explained Jule-Ann, a daughter of former councillor, Patrick, and his wife Sarah.

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“My nominated charity for the year is the Alzheimer’s Society and I am keen to raise funds and awareness during my year as Fermanagh Rose.

“I also had the honour of taking part in a number of events for Dementia Awareness Week including a tea party and balloon launch at the Enniskillen Hotel and a tea party in Parliament Buildings, Stormont.”

Recently, Julie-Ann organised a charity dance in Arney in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and the Sam Bradley Care Fund helping to raise over £5,000.

But, tomorrow, she will attend the festival in Portlaoise.

“I am expecting a once in a lifetime experience at the festival in Portlaoise. I hope to have a good time and to fly the flag high for Fermanagh! I am extremely excited and I’m looking forward to meeting Roses from all over the world and being interviewed on stage by Daithi O Se.”

Six of 29 Irish girls will be chosen to progress to the International Festival in Tralee in August.

“If I am fortunate enough to be chosen to progress to Tralee, I will continue to be an ambassador for Fermanagh in the festival, culminating in a stage appearance to a world-wide television audience.”

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But, Julie-Ann intends to travel to Tralee regardless, to support her fellow ‘Roses’.

“I am also intending to continue my charity work with the Alzheimer’s Society both in Fermanagh and Belfast for the rest of my year as Fermanagh Rose.”

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