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Big party for Cabra’s home grown Rose!

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Big party for Cabra’s home grown Rose! thumbnailCiara Kelly

CABRA is planning a big party to celebrate its home-grown Down Rose Ciara Kelly.

The pride of the parish is preparing to go to the Rose of Tralee Festival in August and locals want to show their support.

All are welcome to come along to the party on 24 June in Cabra Community Centre from 8pm. There will be music and dancing with Mini Macs and a drinks reception to add to the atmosphere.

Geraldine McPolin, of Cabra Community Association who are organising the celebration, said: "Who knows when we will have a girl from Cabra as the Down Rose, we need to give Ciara a great send-off to Tralee and celebrate her achievement!"


Ciara, a daughter of Seamus and Benise Kelly, works as a support worker in the supported living services department of Autism Initiatives in Newcastle.

Ciara graduated from Queen's University, Belfast in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and continued her studies the following year with a Masters in Atypical Child Development.

She hopes to go back and study for her Doctorate in either Clinical or Educational Psychology.

And the Down Rose even finds time to volunteer for her home club of Clonduff GAA as public relations officer.

She will go on to compete at the Rose of Tralee International Festival which is one of Ireland's oldest and largest festivals.

Ciara will now begin preparations for 17-21 August when she will travel to Tralee, the heart of the Kingdom of Kerry, and attempt to be crowned the Rose of Tralee 2018.

The 2018 Rose of Tralee will be presented with a complete collection of Tipperary Crystal (leading sponsor) fine jewellery and a range of high quality products from their giftware and homeware collections.

The winner will be crowned with the tiara featuring the Rose motif and the Crystal Perpetual Trophy. In addition, they will receive a brand new KIA, a world travel prize valued at €25,000 and a week-long holiday in Kerry courtesy of Kerry County Council.

Ciara was crowned Down Rose in April at a plush event in the Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint. Celebrating with Ciara on the night were her proud parents as well as her sister Meghan and brothers Padraig and Cormac.

Speaking about the next stage in the process Ciara said she is "just going to embrace it all" and she hopes to be "the perfect ambassador for Down".

"I didn't think in a million years I would be crowned Down Rose so I feel very honoured to have gotten this far and I would like to thank everyone including my family and friends for their support and all the people in Cabra who have wished me well."


All are welcome to go along to the big party for Ciara on 24 June when a sponsorship cheque will be presented to aid her journey to Tralee.

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