Aoife keeps busy juggling studies with life as Fermanagh Rose

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Fiacre O’Donnell sales and marketing director of Encirc Glass with Fermanagh Rose, Aoife McCann

NEW FERMANAGH Rose Aoife McCann has been a busy woman since taking on her new role and is determined  to make it to Tralee in August.

Since the selection night on March 28, the Maguiresbridge student and the Fermanagh Rose Centre have been busy trying to get around all of their sponsors and planning an exciting year ahead.


Speaking to the Herald  Aoife said:  “It has been so exciting so far, everyone is so pleasant and delighted to meet the Fermanagh Rose. We got a VIP tour of the Encirc Glass plant which was absolutely amazing, we met Theresa and sampled a few of the cupcakes at  the Blackbird Cafe in Derrylin, and had a few of Jazzey’s tastiest cocktails. Sure what more could a girl want.”

Aoife thanked her sponsors, without whom the selection would not be possible and is already counting down the days until the regional competition in Portlaoise, taking place at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from Thursday May 28th to Sunday May 31st.

There the Queen’s University Law student will compete against all the Roses in Ireland for that vital place at the Tralee International Festival in August.

“It is every girls dream to get to Tralee and be the best ambassador that they can be for their county. I have been fortunate enough to attend some of the other Rose selection nights in the North, and have already started to make some great bonds with other Roses and cannot wait until Regionals at the end of May.

Thanks to Spolit Rotten in Fivemiletown for their dress and to EVO Jewellery for her head piece, my wardrobe for Portlaoise is well under way”

The Rose of Tralee competition organisers ask that each Rose affiliate themselves with a charity for their tenure as a Rose and Aoife has chose to affiliate herself with the charity organisation known as CRY.

“CRY charity deals with cardiac arrest in young people. My mother is a representative of the organisation and we lost a sister to the condition, so I felt compelled to affiliate myself to this charity, to raise greater awareness for CRY and hopefully raise some money for this worthy and vital charity.”


Aoife added: “It has been busy and exciting so far, I just cant wait to get my law exams completed in May, roll my sleeves up and get stuck into my Fermanagh Rose duties for the year ahead, and who knows, maybe even become the Rose of Tralee.”

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