Clare Rose Aoife Murray has marked off the dates on her calendar for August 16-22 as she looks forward with great anticipation to quite literally having a ball at this year’s International Rose of Tralee Festival.

Aoife was selected ahead of seventeen other contestants from around the county to represent Clare at the prestigious event in the local heats which were held at the Inn at Dromoland recently.

Among the international Roses she hopes to meet up with in Tralee is another Clare lady, Niamh Kelly, a native of Ballyea, who will be representing Abu Dhabi.

After her success Aoife commented, “I am beyond delighted that I am representing everyone in Clare at the Rose of Tralee festival this year as the Clare Rose. It is such an honour to be an ambassador for our great county. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and kind words.”

The winner of this year’s Rose of Tralee stands to take away some amazing prizes including a brand new KIA car, a world travel prize valued at €25,000 and a weeklong holiday in Kerry.

Sixmilebridge native, Aoife, is Ann and Christy Murray’s youngest daughter. A pupil of Sixmilebridge National School, Aoife also attended St. Caimin’s Community School before graduating with a degree in Economics and Sociology from UL following which she moved to Dublin for a two year graduate programme with Bank of Ireland.

Aoife’s interests include travelling, music, attending hurling games and baking. As she prepares for the Rose Festival, Aoife invites people to keep an eye on her journey through her Facebook page ‘Aoife Murray- Clare Rose 2017