A NEUROSCIENCE graduate has followed in the footsteps of countless inspiring women after being crowned the Cork Rose.
Stephanie McCarthy, who is currently studying for a Masters in Pharmaceutical Technology, will compete for the Rose of Tralee title this August. The 27-year old is very passionate about her studies and hopes to pursue her career in developing therapies for conditions with limited treatments. She also juggles motherhood with part-time work as a fashion consultant with wedding dress boutique Cinderella's Closet. One of three siblings, Stephanie has Kerry roots and a mother who hails from Dubai.
Last year's Cork Rose was Erinn O'Connell from Aghabullogue. The former contestant handed over her crown following a jam-packed year full of exciting activities, events and adventures. In addition to local events, she visited Belarus in February with a number of fellow Roses and escorts and even went onto to participate in the St. Patricks Day parade in New York last March.
The 26-year-old continued to work full time on an adult surgical ward in CUH during her reign as Cork Rose.
Many former Rose contestants have gone on to achieve success in the spotlight long after their reign including former Cork camogie captain and broadcaster Anna Geary.
The Rose of Tralee International Festival is an annually held event celebrated among Irish communities across the globe. It takes its inspiration from a 19th-century ballad of the same name about a woman called Mary, whose beauty saw her referred to as "The Rose of Tralee".