7 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

History was made last weekend when Clontibret girl Eleanor McQuaid became the first ever Monaghan Rose to be selected for Tralee in August.

The 24-year-old was chosen to go through to the Dome at the Regional Finals of the Rose of Tralee which took place in the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel last weekend.

Although there have been contestants hailing from the county in the international festival before they all represented Ulster, not Monaghan itself.

The last Monaghan girl to get through to Tralee was the late Sinead Murphy who represented Ulster in 1991.

Speaking to the Northern Standard, it was clear that Eleanor is looking forward to August.
“I am over the moon! I was so shocked to be chosen to go through as I wasn’t expecting it at all. I am delighted to put Co Monaghan on the map!” 

The physiotherapist who works in the Beaumount Hospital in Dublin described her experience in Portlaoise as brilliant.

“We (the Roses) got treated like royalty everywhere we went, everybody was lovely and it was a great weekend.”

Eleanor also paid tribute to the late …

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