NO matter what the result is – Fermanagh Rose Stephanie Maguire has done the county proud!
The Marlbank woman took to the stage on Monday night as the second Rose and won the hearts of the country with her strong views on domestic violence and her dancing skills.
Stephanie is the first Fermanagh Rose to make it to the prestigious stage in 10 years and she proudly beamed about her native county, and gave the staff and students of St Mary’s Brollagh a huge shoutout!
During her time on stage in the famously known Dome, Stephanie used the opportunity to discuss domestic violence in Ireland, and the important work that is done by Women’s Aid.
“Domestic violence is a taboo subject, so we have to start at the roots, and look at how to address it. It is about making people aware of where people can go and get help. I am working with Fermanagh Women’s Aid over the next 12 months, trying to raise as mcuh funds as possible to help them provide the life saving service that they do.”
She also proudly spoke about her travels, her studies, her family and living close to the famous Cuilcagh Mountain Boardwalk.
25-year-old Stephanie, who is a part time PE teacher at St Mary’s High School in Brollagh and a former student of St Aidan’s in Derrylin, received huge support on social media for her views, with many people praising her for bringing up the issue.
Women’s Aid Ireland tweeted: “Great to see the Fermanagh Rose put the spotlight on domestic abuse and the work of our vital services.”
Victoria Johnston said it was “great to see her use the profile of the Rose of Tralee to raise awareness.” Claire Blenner Hasset also supported our Rose saying: “Hands down winner. Legend. Fermanagh Rose is ahead by a mile this year.”
Stephanie also brought the fun factor when she jived with Daithi O Se, before getting the surprise of her life when she was joined on stage for a jive by Derek Ryan, her County music idol.
Her confident and brilliant performance placed the Fermanagh Rose as firm favourite and a huge contender for the Rose of Tralee 2017 crown.
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Posted: 9:45 am August 23, 2017