Rose of Tralee from previous years
2014 Canterbury Rose of Tralee, Lauren Mathewson
National Rose of Tralee Finals Report:
Christchurch Rose of Tralee Competition Report 2012
Saturday 28th of April
Well what a night! Full house – even a few late-comers joined us! Five wonderful ladies. One fabulous night! And of course only ONE fantastic WINNER!
Trisha Mulvey won the NZ regional heat at the Canterbury Rose of Tralee in Christchurch on Saturday 28th May. This is part of an International festival celebrating women of Irish heritage around the world and how they embrace their Irish heritage in a positive and refreshing way.
Trisha is a 26yr old, who originally hails from County Leitrim in the north west of Ireland, has made New Zealand her home for the last three or so years.
She has lived in Auckland and Wellington and finally settled in Christchurch about 2yrs ago. She loves it here and enjoys travelling, organising events, sports including the Irish game Gaelic football which is a growing sport here now. She works as a customer support agent for Land Information NZ.
|L to R: Erin Saunders (2011 Canterbury Winner), Grace Considine, Mel Wright, Anna Enright, Sinead Bowden, Trisha Mulvey||Christchurch winner Trisha Mulvey|
Trisha and four other contestants had to undergo two interviews before the winner was chosen by the three judges. The competition was tough according to the judges! Trisha headed to Wellington on the 25th May and completed in the New Zealand Final. the National Rose was won by Alana Marshall from Taranaki. Alana represented New Zealand in the international Rose of Tralee. This was held in Tralee, Ireland and was won by Nicola McEvoy.
Thanks to all the participants and of course their handsome escorts for the night Enda, Cormac, Damien G, Keith Damien D. The guys really did look after our Roses on the night like perfect gentlemen! To our wonderful guests who gave them amazing support on the night. Big thanks also to the businesses that donated gifts and prizes for the night and we in return will be there to support you too. The Fox & Ferret Pub, The Watershed Restaurant, The Rose & Thistle Pub, She Chocolat
2011 National Rose of Tralee Final
Competition was held on June 4th at the Hutt Valley Irish Society, Wellington Well what a full and funfilled weekend all the Roses had, put on by the fabulous Hutt Valley Irish Society and their generous sponsors. They stayed at the Angus Inn and had a busy sightseeing tour of the Wellington with lunch at D4 Irish restaurant & bar. They visited Te Papa and went to the Museum Hotel for high tea. They also managed to have a little shopping spree at Kirkcaldie & Stains.
Friday evening was their performance night at the Hutt Valley Irish Society. The girls showed off their talents and by all accounts it was a brilliant night with lots of laughs, great entertainment and great support for all the girls. Canterbury was represented by the beautiful Erin Saunders, aged 21 and currently studying to be a teacher at Canterbury University teachers College.
Saturday was the big night for the Grand Ball held at the Amora Hotel. But even before that they had to fit in a few other stops including a visit to Butlers Chocolates, a tour of the Dowse Art Gallery, and then lunch with members of the Hutt Valley Irish Society. The afternoon was filled with some interviews. Then the fun stuff like hair and makeup getting dressed up and ready for their big night!
The evening was very enjoyable and exciting with the Roses individual interviews on-stage, and entertainment including a great band and lively dancing and finally, the announcement of the 2011 NZ Rose of Tralee Ailbhe Ryan.
Congratulations to Ailbhe on her win and no doubt she will be an outstanding representative for New Zealand at the international Rose of Tralee event in Ireland this August.
Previous Rose of Tralee National Winners
And read all about previous New Zealand national winners