17 April 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

“I am so delighted and honoured to have been chosen to represent Monaghan at the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival in Portlaoise. I will be wearing my sash and flying the flag for Monaghan with great pride.”

These were the words of the 2015 Monaghan Rose Michelle Caulfield who took the crown at the selection night last Saturday.

Michelle, who hails from Scotstown is daughter of Kevin and Cecelia and works as a primary school teacher in St Lorcan’s Boys N.S in Palmerstown in Dublin.

The 27-year-old was one of 13 contestants who came from across Co Monaghan and Fermanagh to compete for the title. The Rose contestants went through both individual and group interviews throughout the day and then had a stage interview that night.

Michelle, who is now preparing to represent the county at the Regional Festival in Portlaoise over the June bank holiday weekend, felt that she had faced stiff competition from the other participants.

“I can honestly say I have never met a more genuine, talented and kind-hearted group of girls. They are already making plans to come down and support me in Portlaoise on the June Bank Holiday weekend so I will be one lucky Rose to have all of them behind me,” Michelle told the Northern Standard.

Speaking about the selection night the 2015 Monaghan Rose paid tribute to her supporters who came from as far away as Manchester to cheer her on.

“I had a great amount of support, family, friends, some from as far as Manchester! All armed with a great array of banners. It makes such a difference when you are on stage knowing that you have that support and they certainly let me and everyone else know they were there!”

After her stage interview Michelle recited a poem entitled ‘Friendship is a Gift’ as an acknowledgement of the support she received from her friends.

“I’m very lucky to have a great group of close friends who encouraged me to …

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