The winner of this year’s Rose of Tralee, Sinéad Flanagan has strong Roscommon roots. Her father Pádraig hails from Elphin and she also has strong Strokestown links through her grand aunts.
Sinéad, who is 27-years-old and lives in Adare, Co. Limerick, is a physiotherapist and is currently working as a junior doctor in University Hospital Cork, having studied physiotherapy in the University of Limerick.
She represented her native county at the International Rose of Tralee Festival this year and was chosen as the 60th winner of the event.
Speaking to Morning Ireland on Wednesday, Sinéad said she couldn’t believe she was selected.
“For me, I never really thought about being the Rose of Tralee, at the early stages in Limerick it was just fantastic to be representing my county. Obviously somebody wins and it’s going to be a fantastic year ahead but I feel for us a lot of the time it’s just about being involved in the festival and the two fantastic weeks that we have because I suppose we’ve had an amazing time for the last ten days or two weeks. So, it’s definitely a prize in itself,” she said.