Aghada’s Aisling O’Connor Selected as This Year’s Cork Rose

By Alan Sheehan

Aishling O’Connor with her parents Mary and Pat O’Connor. (Photograph By Will Nolan)

Aghada’s Aishling O’Connor was chosen to represent County Cork at this year’s Rose of Tralee last Saturday, 24 July.

Ms O’Connor, from Rostellan was awarded the Cork sash when she was chosen from 51 young women at the two-night Selection Event held at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs this past weekend, with her set to represent the County at this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.

“It is overwhelming,” said Ms O’Connor, who has a master’s in business economics and a bachelor’s degree in economics and Irish. “It is absolutely fantastic. It is an amazing opportunity. The selection process was a fantastic four weeks. All of us went on the Cork Rose tour which included a night at the Greyhound Stadium in Curraheen and us going to the Mallow races.”

This year’s Cork Rose tour also included visits to the Jameson Experience in Midleton, Cork Airport and Mahon Point as well as a cruise around Kinsale and a meal at the Celtic Ross hotel in Rosscarbery.

“It was all very enjoyable and I made some fantastic friends along the way,” said Ms O’Connor, who has played for and continues to support Aghada GAA Club. “I can’t wait for the festival in August; I’m really excited to represent Cork and the 50 other girls who stood for selection. I’m really looking forward to the next 12 months as the Cork Rose.”

Ms O’Connor, who has worked in the Operations Department at Apple for nearly four years, celebrated her birthday earlier this week, just days after it was announced she will take part in the Rose of Tralee International Festival from 16-22 August.