Saoirse Walsh, 27, from Ballyvelig, Campile, will be the Wexford Rose at next week’s Rose of Tralee competition. “I am thrilled to be representing Wexford, the Sunny South East,” said Saoirse.
The Wexford beauty studied for a BA in Music and History of Art at University College, Dublin, and in 2012, followed her dream to London to complete at Masters Degree at Sotherby’s Institute of Art.
“I now work as a Marketing Executive for Collier Webb who specialise in restoration and historical interiors,” added Saoirse, who has a passion for music and was the recipient of a National Excellence Award for Music Performance.
She has performed with the Irish Youth Choir and the City of London Choir and has appeared at both the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Cathedral in London.
Saoirse recalls; “I first visited the Rose of Tralee Festival when I was three months old and it has always been a dream to return as the Wexford Rose.”
After winning the Wexford final, Saoirse was then selected from thirteen other roses to take part in this year’s final.
Fifty-seven entrants are participating, but only 32 contestants will make it to the live televised finals on RTE 1 next Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 pm. Daithí Ó Sé will be the presenter and the finals will be held on the stage of the famous Dome in Tralee.
Saoirse is around 13/1 with the bookies to bring the title to Wexford.
Sadly Saoirse did not make the last 32 contestants and an appearance on live television, however, she was a great ambassador for Wexford and did her county proud.