Aoife flies Fermanagh flag in the Big Apple

Fermanagh Rose, Aoife McCann, centre, with other roses at the New York St Patrick's Day parade

Fermanagh Rose, Aoife McCann, centre, with other roses at the New York St Patrick’s Day parade


IT WAS A St Patrick’s Day to remember for Fermanagh Rose Aoife McCann who took part in the annual New York celebrations. The second year Queen’s University Law student from Maguiresbridge was one of over 40 Roses from around the world including Rose of Tralee Elysha Brennan and a host of escorts  involved in the prestigious parade, which this year had 220,000 participants. 
The local student arrived on Wednesday March 16 and took part in the parade the following day. She arrived home on Tuesday after an enjoyable time sight-seeing and catching up with family. It was a world away from Fermanagh as she explained:
“Coming from Enniskillen to that was mind-blowing. Walking down Fifth Avenue, it was incredible, I can’t believe I got to do this as Fermanagh Rose. It was a once in a lifetime experience. I hadn’t seen most of the girls since Tralee so it was brilliant.”
Aoife is in the last few months of her time as Fermanagh Rose and has many fond memories to look back upon.
It’s like nothing you have ever experienced before. It’s like a family. The people I’ve met are just extraordinary and then obviously going to Chernobyl and going to New York, the things you get to do are amazing.”
The search is now on for the 2016 Fermanagh Rose. Do you think you have what it takes to be the next ambassador for Fermanagh and represent the county at the Tralee International Festival? Applications are now open with the selection night being held in the Enniskillen Hotel on June 4 at 8pm. For more information on how to enter contact the Fermanagh Rose Centre by email at, phone on 07742593106 or visit the Fermanagh Rose Facebook page.

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