THIS year’s newly announced Cork Rose has double reason to celebrate taking the 2017 title as she celebrates her 27th birthday tomorrow.
Aishling O'Connor from Rostellan, Aghada was announced this year’s winner to represent the rebel county in Tralee at the Cork Rose Selection at The Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs on Saturday night.
Aishling – one of 51 girls competing –said: “Winning was the best birthday present I could ever ask for."
Aishling is UCC graduate where she did a BA in Irish and Economics followed by a MA in Business Economics and has worked in Apple for nearly four years describing it as a ‘fantastic place to work.’
Her mum and dad, Pat and Mary and two of her three older brothers, Patrick, Kieran and John were there on Saturday night to see her win (she’s the youngest by eight years).
Boyfriend of Ronan of seven years from Waterford was also there.
she played the guitar and sang Feels Like Home To Me by Edwina Hayes.
“I really had no idea I was going to win – when I heard my name there were definitely a few tears shed, it was a bit of a blur. I was just one of 51 amazing girls and I’m so happy now to represent them in Tralee."
Sponsored by Core Health and Beauty in Midleton Sport is another big hobby for the young woman and she plays football with Aghada Ladies Football club while enjoying yoga, spinning and running.
Denis Griffin, who runs the Cork Rose centre said 2017 was one of their biggest competitions in recent years and he described the level of interest as remarkable.