Meet Marie Donnellan, the 2013 Rose of Clare, one of the few Irish Roses to qualify for the live finals of the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Marie is one of my Best Friends 🙂 and I want to wish her the very best of luck from Bec Boop Fashionista World as she heads off on the Rose Tour next week. In recent years it has become increasingly difficult for Irish Roses to qualify for the live finals given the restriction on numbers and Marie has blown away the judges at each qualifier. First at the Clare Rose selection and also at the Regionals which were held earlier this year in Portlaoise. Marie is a qualified accountant and is hugely involved in her community and local initiatives including the Tidy Towns. Marie is a true fashionista and always looks stunning! She is the first Clare Rose in seven years to qualify for the finals which is an amazing achievement! The international finals run from August 11th to August 20th including a nationwide tour before arriving in Tralee. You could not wish for a nicer, more genuine person to be crowned the Rose of Tralee and I wish her every success!
BEST OF LUCK MARIE!
Marie with host Daithi O’Sé at the Regionals, image via the Clare Rose centre