Philadelphia Rose Of Tralee Has Offaly Roots
Thursday, 6 April 2017
WITH strong family connections in Offaly, the newly selected 2017 Philadelphia Rose, Tara Grandich, is no stranger to the Faithful County and is already looking forward to her trip to Kerry for the international festival in August.
The seventh Rose selected, Tara will fulfill a lifelong dream of participating in the Rose of Tralee International festival this year. And, there is no denying her Offaly roots. Tara is the daughter of Mary Troy, originally from outside Kilcormac and was delighted to have been chosen. 'I am so excited to be part of this experience this year. I grew up watching the Rose of Tralee and have dreamt of a chance to participate.'
The newly selected Rose is very proud of her Offaly roots and explained to the Tribune that she has been 'fortunate' to travel home to Ireland every year to visit her family. 'My trips home are always an adventure with my family. Every year in August, I would watch the Rose of Tralee with my grandparents, Sean and Rose Troy. I was always in awe of the amazing women that took part in this festival from around the world.'
Tara recalled how each year, she would tell her Granny that would be her one day 'waving to her' from the stage. 'Becoming the Philadelphia Rose has been a dream come true. I am so proud and truly honoured to represent Philadelphia in Tralee this year. Philadelphia is an amazing city filled with rich history and a very proud Irish community. I cannot wait to be back in Ireland.' Tara's mum, Mary is also 'absolutely delighted' with the news that her daughter will travel to Kerry this August.
'This honour means the absolute world, especially to my mother Mary. I am thrilled to hopefully have my family down in Kerry this year. Well, if they can all fit. I am so proud to share my Offaly roots and this is going to be an incredible and emotional journey.' 'This is for you Granny,' she added.
Stateside, Tara works in the area of portfolio management for De Lage Landen, a global vendor finance company. She graduated from St Joseph's University with a degree in International Business and also studied at Marquarie University in Sydney, Australia, for a year. She will be among the 65 Rose from Ireland and Irish communities around the globe, who will travel to Kerry for the seven day festival, running from 16th to 22nd August 2017 while the 2017 Rose of Tralee will be crowned life on RTE on Tuesday, August 22nd.
Meanwhile, the Offaly Rose Selection will take place on Saturday, May 6th and anyone interested in entering or finding out more about a rose selection nearby can do so online at www.roseoftralee.ie .
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