The Luxembourg Rose of Tralee is now entering its 16th year and after a brief absence in 2017, has succeeded over these years due to the large support the event has received from the local business and expat community in Luxembourg. We hope that the 2018 Rose Ball will be as big a success as in previous years.
2012 was a hugely significant year for our centre, with our Luxembourg Rose, Nicola McEvoy being crowned the 2012 International Rose of Tralee in Ireland in August 2012. During the course of her reigning year, Nicola travelled to India with the Hope Foundation, (www.hopefoundation.ie), Chernobyl with the Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International Project (www.chernobyl-international.com), New York and Washington DC for St Patricks Day where she had the huge honour of meeting Barack Obama at the White House. She also travelled to several Rose centres both in Ireland, the UK and Europe to promote the Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Sile Reidy was crowned the 2016 Luxembourg Rose in March 2016 and went on to represent the Grand Duchy in Tralee, her home town at the International Festival.
The participation of our Luxembourg Roses from 2002 to 2014 in both the Regional Finals and the Rose of Tralee International Festival has been an amazing experience for the Roses, and provided huge exposure for Luxembourg in front of a worldwide audience in a high profile event.
The selection of our Luxembourg Rose provides our supporters the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic evening at our Rose Ball, which is advertised in various publications in Luxembourg, such as www.wort.lu/en, CityMagazine Luxembourg, www.delano.lu, www.Chronicle.lu, Ara City Radio, L’Essentiel, our Facebook page, Luxembourg Rose and our website www.rose.lu. The event is also published on the International Rose of Tralee website, www.roseoftralee.ie. And video clips from the Rose Ball are also aired by RTL, with an interview with the newly selected Rose giving further exposure to the event.
The annual Rose Ball also gives us the opportunity to raise funds via our tombola, that are subsequently donated to a number of charities in both Ireland and Luxembourg. At the 2016 Rose Ball, a total of €5,000 was raised charity.
Read a little about our previous Roses...
Luxembourg Rose 2016 - Síle Reidy
My name is Síle Reidy and I am twenty years old. I grew up in a farm house in Ballymacelligott, a large parish just outside Tralee in county Kerry, Ireland. I am the fifth child out of six - four boys and two girls. We are a very sporty family with football being our main love. Going to Croke Park is a yearly pilgrimage for us. I have a brother and a sister living in Australia and one brother living in New Zealand. Even when Kerry are playing they are tuning in in the middle of the night there. I went to Presentation Secondary School for five years. On my first week in Secondary School we all wrote down what we wanted to be in the future and we received them back on our graduation day in sixth year. For me I said I wanted to be a PE teacher, a maths teacher or an accountant. To this day I still don't know how I chose accounting as I had never studied it previous to writing that.
I spent four months in Lille, on Erasmus in 2015 where I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I am currently doing an internship in Credit Suisse here in Luxembourg which I am really enjoying the whole learning and practical experience. Both Erasmus and International work experience were optional for me in my degree but as I have such a huge love for travelling I couldn't turn down the opportunities.
I hope to take a year out soon to volunteer in Africa or Fiji, travel Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I may need more than a year!
I love the fact that Luxembourg is such a multicultural country where you hear so many different languages and meet many people with such different and interesting backgrounds both in the work place and outside. Also there is such a large Irish community here in Luxembourg which is great as you don't feel too far from home.
Each year, growing up in Tralee I have attended the Rose parade and watched the roses on RTE with the news paper at hand, with all the pictures of the Roses while me and my sister rank our favourites and put a bet on to see who wins. I would love to represent Luxembourg and put it on the map as it really has lived up to its expectations for me, the learning experience and opportunities here are endless.
Síle will be escorted by Michele Massacesi.
Luxembourg Rose 2015 - Aedammair Ní Chiardha
My name is Aedammair Ní Chiardha and I am 25 years old. I am originally from Dublin with 3 brothers and 1 sister. My dad is from Ballivor in County Meath and my Mam is from Dublin but with a lot of her family from County Cork. My parents both have a great passion for the Irish language and because of that I was brought up through Irish and English which may have influenced my career path.
I graduated from NUI Maynooth with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Nua-Ghaeilge and then a Master's degree in Nua-Ghaeilge. I particularly enjoyed my Master's as the lecturers were very helpful when times got stressful with essays and thesis work. I had a great time in Maynooth even with a lack of sleep studying into the night at exam time.
After my Masters I was lucky enough to get accepted for a traineeship with the Council of the European Union in Brussels as an Irish translator. I loved the experience and the Irish unit were very welcoming making it an easy transition from home. I also took part in the Brussels half-marathon. I was delighted I was able to finish it without stopping as I could just about run 5 minutes before I started training for the marathon. I made a lot of new friends from across Europe whom I am still in touch with. Whilst in Brussels with my traineeship coming to an end, I applied for a job in Luxembourg with the European Commission and here I am.
I work in the Publications Office as an Irish proof-reader. Even though I work on my own I really like the work and the people in my unit. I particularly like leaving my office door open and hearing all of the different EU languages being spoken in the corridors (even though I can't understand what they are saying).
On the weekends I like to watch a bit of Dr. Phil (my guilty pleasure), see new places, meet up with friends and of course catch up on sleep. I live with 12 people which may sound a bit chaotic but it is great fun on the weekends with dinner on Saturdays cooked by one of my housemates cooking a typical dish from their home country.
At first I was nervous about moving my whole life from Dublin to a new country without knowing anybody. When I arrived I was pleasantly surprised. The locals are very helpful even if it means using hand signals to explain directions as I have very little French (or German/Luxembourgish) having never studied it before. I even had a Luxembourgish skiing instructor trying to teach me how to ski. At the start I was hanging onto the railings for dear life as I looked down at the beginner's slope but by the end with his patience and understanding of my lack of Luxembourgish I was flying down the advanced slope like nobody's business.
I love living in Luxembourg because it reminds me of home in a way. It is small like Ireland so you always bump into people you know. The city is gorgeous with many castles and old historic sites. Above all I think Luxembourg's diversity in culture is what really makes it a great place to live. The city is full of people from all around the world who are well integrated thanks to the people of Luxembourg welcoming other cultures with open arms. I would love to represent Luxembourg in the Rose of Tralee and show others what a great city it is.
Aedammair will be escorted by Joe Glennon.
Luxembourg Rose 2014 - Niamh Bergin
My name is Niamh Bergin, I was born and raised in a typical Irish country setting in the South East, Kilkenny, Ireland. Besides my Irish roots, I have some American blood running through my veins. My Grandmother was an Irish-American originally from Long Island, New York.
I’m a recent graduate in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Limerick. My Final Year Project was on ‘Women in Politics and why there are so few’. Due to my strong interest in other cultures, I was involved with the International Society in the University of Limerick.
My desire to travel and experiencing different cultures brought me to Luxembourg. I first came to Luxembourg on an internship; I worked with SES Astra in Betzdorf in Accounts Payable Department. I enjoyed the time here so much that once I graduated, I immediately started looking for a job here. Currently I’m working for The Bank of New York Mellon in Alternative Investment Services. This is challenging for my first job after graduating but I am enjoying it and learning a lot.
One of the greatest things about my experience is the friends I’ve made. I have been lucky to make friends from not only from Ireland but from all over the world. I love being around people. This I believe I have inherited from my Mother, who is a Tourist Guide in Kilkenny Castle. I recently completed a Fáilte Ireland workshop on welcoming visitors to Kilkenny. My parents also hosted a Bed and Breakfast in Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny. For years we have welcomed people from all horizons. This meant growing up I was constantly surrounded by new people from all walks of life. This is something that I think attracted me to Luxembourg with its multicultural environment and culture attracts people from all over the world. I love that even with all these influences, Luxembourg has remained faithful to its roots as is stated in their national motto ‘mir wëllen bleiwen wat mir sin’ which can be translated to ‘we want to remain what we are’. This motto is close to my own heart as although I like to take in inspiration from others, I will always stick to my own Irish roots no matter where my life journey takes me.
I must confess I have a great love of food, I like to experiences dishes from all different cuisines. I’ve just enrolled in some cooking courses. On the weekends I love to cook traditional Irish dishes for my roommates and friends. My speciality is Shepherd’s pie!
I also love fashion; this is my passion outside of work. I really believe that fashion soothes the soul. Or maybe this is just what I tell myself when my monthly credit card bill arrives!
Language is not just for me a way of communication but also a tool of integration this is why I’m intending to learn German and French in the Bank which belong to the three official languages of the Grand Duchy. I would feel honoured and privileged to represent Ireland in Luxembourg as a Rose because I cherish both Ireland and Luxembourg as they both hold a special place in my heart.
Niamh will be escorted by Malachy Fahey.
Luxembourg Rose 2013 - Laura Droog
My name is Laura Droog. I was born and grew up in Ireland. My mum is from Cork and my dad was born in Limerick. My surname, as you might have guessed, is not typically Irish! My grandparents on my dad’s side were Dutch. I have been working as an Irish language proofreader at the Publications Office of the European Union since March 2011, which is when I moved to Luxembourg. I studied Law & Irish at University College Cork and a Master’s in ‘Scríobh agus Cumarsáid na Gaeilge’ in University College Dublin. In 2010 I moved to Brussels to do a 5 month stage with the DirectorateGeneral for Translation in the European Commission. I am currently doing a part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Irish Translation and Editing with the National University of Ireland Maynooth. Although studies and furthering my career have always played an important role in my life (probably instilled in me by my parents at an early age), I have many other interests. I am a member of a women only book club here in Luxembourg! We meet every 2 months or so and each time a book is chosen by an author from a different country. Though I must admit that the books, although an important part of the book club (naturally!), are not the only aspect! We all are ‘foodies’ and so wherever the author is from will be the cuisine of the night. Luxembourg, with its international cuisine, has an abundance of restaurants! I also go on hikes in Luxembourg city and its surrounding areas. Myself and a few friends plan on doing the Santiago de Compostela walk next year. I also attend exercise classes...which I enjoy but do require sometimes a little bit of motivation ;-) I am also a food fanatic (as mentioned above!) and love nothing more than meeting up with friends to try out new restaurants. Being able to ‘parler en français’ in Luxembourg has many advantages. Although I do have Leaving Certificate level French, I attend classes in the hope that one day it will be as good as my Irish and English!
I had heard that being an entrant in the Rose competition is a fantastic experience... and it’s true! It would mean a great deal to me to represent Luxembourg at both a national and international level. Luxembourg is a beautiful country, rich in culture. I would love the opportunity to publicise the wonders of the Grand Duchy!
Laura will be escorted by Frank Friemel.
Luxembourg Rose 2012 - Nicola McEvoy
My name is Nicola McEvoy and I am 25 years old. I have lived in Luxembourg for over a year but I’m originally from Cork. I studied History and Geography in University College Cork, followed by a Masters in History in 2008 where I completed my Masters thesis on Irish History.
Following my studies, I pursued my lifelong ambition to become a second-level teacher by completing my postgraduate diploma in Education in 2009. I lived and worked in Kent in the United Kingdom as a teacher for one year after qualifying. It has been great to get work experience in different countries. I am currently working at the European School of Luxembourg which I can only say is my dream job! I love working with young people and different European cultures and gaining insights into their way of life. I am also hoping to improve my French during my next few years here.
Since coming to Luxembourg last October I have started to play Gaelic Football. I love being involved in the GAA. It is a great comfort to be part of the Irish community and as a result Luxembourg absolutely feels like home. I love meeting new people, from all age groups. I have a keen interest in film, cooking, Irish History and I adore music.
I have met so many wonderful people in Luxembourg it has made me want to travel even more. I have previously travelled to Canada and the U.S where I want to return next summer to fulfil my dream of doing a road trip along Route 66! My future goals include taking part in voluntary teaching work abroad while travelling.
I am entering the Luxembourg Rose of Tralee 2012 as I would love to represent a country that has embraced the Irish community so openly.
Luxembourg Rose 2011 - Aisling McInerney
Hi my name is Aisling Mc Inerney. I was born in Ireland and I have lived there for most of my life. My father is Irish and my mother is Dutch. I came to Luxembourg last year where I worked for almost one year in Fortis/BGL bank as part of my university degree. I am studying Economics and Finance in the University of Limerick for four years and I am currently in my final year. I am now moving to Luxembourg permanently where I have accepted a position as a fund accountant which I am really looking forward to starting. I absolutely love Luxembourg as I find it such a charming city where I have met such an array of wonderful people.
For years I have been involved in athletics, swimming and ju jitzu. Presently a real passion of mine is dancing, especially Latin dancing. I love to dance salsa which is my favourite of all the Latin dances, but I also really enjoy cha cha cha, mergingue, samba and bachata. I have attended world salsa congresses in Tunisia, Brussels, Paris, London, Germany, and of course our own Luxembourg.
I also love to travel, last year I spent four months travelling through South America, which has given me such great memories, absailing down waterfalls in the Amazon Rainforest, ice climbing glaciers in Peru, trekking through the Andes mountains to some of the most remotest villages, paragliding in Bolivia and horse riding across the Atacama desert in Chile, to name but a few. I have also travelled to many other wonderful places and would like to keep doing so in the future.
I have been following the Rose of Tralee all my life and I consider it a huge honour to be nominated as a participant in the Luxembourg Rose Contest. I would be extremely proud and delighted to represent Luxembourg in Tralee.
Luxembourg Rose 2010 - Clare McGing
My name is Clare McGing. I was born and grew up in Luxembourg attending the European School of Luxembourg where I learned how important and interesting it is to learn about other nationalities and cultures. After getting my baccalaureate I was accepted into Trinity College Dublin to do business, economics and social studies. I have narrowed down my choices now to business and economics and I hope to graduate with joint honors next year. I spent this year on an Erasmus in Paris, trying to improve my French and learn a little more about France and French people. As a matter of fact I ended up learning much more about other nationalities! This year has changed my life for several reasons, one being my exchange. I have met some wonderful people from all over the world and the exchange has given me the wish to travel much more. After graduating I would like to explore some of the world outside of Europe although I would also love to get and internship with the EU and who knows, possibly work there later! Being Rose of Luxembourg would be a great privilege, this country has been my home for so long and I love it.
Luxembourg Rose 2009 - Siobhán O'Reilly
My name is Siobhan O’Reilly. I come from Ahane, a small parish devoted to the GAA but situated in the rugby obsessed county of Limerick! I studied Law and Accounting for 4 years in the University of Limerick and during my time there I spent 9 months working in Dublin and 3 months in the beautiful city of Boston.
I have been playing music and Irish dancing from an early age as traditional music was always difficult to escape from in our house growing up. I play the flute and I am a member of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann so music festivals like the Fleadh Ceoil have always been a big part of my life. I have also been lucky enough to get the chance to dance in some amazing venues around Europe during the last few years including Palais d’omnisport de Paris and le Festival Interceltique in Britanny, and other venues throughout Germany, Austria and Belgium. I have recently discovered that there is an Irish dance school here in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg so I’d like to think that I haven’t hung up my shoes just yet!
I also love the outdoors. During college I tried my hand at windsurfing (with a lot of difficulty!) which gave me a great chance to travel and see more of the world, including trekking through rainforests, jumping down waterfalls and white water rafting. Last summer I was even managed to throw myself out of airplane in Hawaii to do a skydive which I managed to keep from my parents until my feet were firmly back on the ground again!
Here in Luxembourg, my home away from home, I am working with KPMG. I am currently studying to complete my professional accounting exams and hoping to get a chance to improve my French during my next few years here. We’ll wait and see!
Luxembourg Rose 2008 - Heidi Connolly
My name is Heidi Connolly, I'm 23 years old, and was born and mostly grew up in Luxembourg. I'm half Irish, half Finnish, and benefited from schooling in both languages as well as French. I graduated in 2003 after taking a gap year in Finland to perfect my Finnish.
After that, I studied Communications & Marketing first in the University of Nice, then in a private specialised school in Brussels where I earned my Bachelors degree in 2006, to then finally come back to Luxembourg to work.
I worked in diverse sectors during and after my schooling; hotels, restaurants, communication agencies and now the last two companies I worked for were ArcelorMittal and currently Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. I believe that in order to be able to communicate well, one must be open minded and learn from as many sectors and people as possible. I hope to re-enter a communications agency or create my own in the future in order to put all my industry experiences to practice.
Passionate about creativity, I admire it in others and seek to create myself. For example, I love clothes designing and creative cooking. Anything with an innovative edge catches my eye, I must have got this from my mother or grandmother who are both art teachers. I also enjoy swimming after work to unwind.
Constantly on the move and searching to learn new things I like to take risks because I believe that even if sometimes you fall, getting up makes you stronger. I get this optimistic outlook from my father.
Luxembourg Rose 2007 - Jacqueline Maher
My name is Jacqueline Maher. I come from Finglas, a suburb on the north side of Dublin. I am the eldest of three girls and up until last June we had a very girlie house, until my little nephew Sean was born. Now he's the little man around the house! I attended Mater Christi Secondary School in Finglas, which I loved. I then went to down the road to DCU where I stu died Applied Computational Linguistics. Everybody always asks me what that is, then their eyes glaze over when I start to explain so I’ll leave it a mystery for now!
I love to travel and play sport. I traveled a lot during college. I spent a summer working as a camp counselor in New Hampshire where I was basketball and land sports coach. I soaked up the sun for a summer in LA where I made my TV debut as an extra on some American shows including Boston Public (the easiest job in the world). I also spent a year studying in Besancon in France. It was a great experience. Very different from college in Ireland but still great fun.
Since coming to Luxembourg last June I have started to play Gaelic Football. (I bought my first pair of football boots age 23!). I always played basketball in Ireland so it took me a while to get used to the Gaelic football, I even have a broken collar bone to prove it It’s a great way to see Europe as we travel to lots of different European cities to play tournaments. Last November we lifted the European Championship cup in Barcelona!
Eventually I would like to be a secondary school teacher in French and Maths. Living and working with FT in Luxembourg is helping me perfect my French. Hopefully in a few more months it will be très bon
Luxembourg Rose 2006 - Leah Freeman
My name is Leah Freeman and I’m 23 years of age. Born and reared in Rathfarnham in south Dublin. I have a degree in Media production and management, although work is very limited in the field and I now find myself working for Franklin Templeton Investments in Luxembourg city.
A bit of a Nomad at heart, I’ve travelled to Australia and the U.S all my life and spent months volunteering in Ecuador through Outreach International for S.O.S Centro de Infantil, with very poor children. Here my eyes were opened to just how lucky and fortunate I am. However, through the poverty the country holds spectacular beauty which I enjoyed in my free time, I packed in everything from volcano climbing, white water rafting through the jungle, camping in the rainforests and tropical beaches, meeting Indian communities and learning Spanish.
Now in Luxembourg where I’m finding my feet on my own and I’m really enjoying the experience.
I’ve played the piano since the age of 6 and reached Grade 8 a few years ago. Unfortunately due to travelling and study, the piano has had to take a back seat. However, I’m determined to study my teacher’s diploma in the near future
Luxembourg Rose 2005 - Jane Bretin
Jane is a very dainty sprite with a huge personality.
Her love affair with words has led to English and American studies at the Université du Luxembourg, with a particular interest in sociolinguistics.
Over the years her exuberance and joie de vivre have found expression in poetry and dance. She is also smitten with a serious dose of wanderlust!
Jane is a modern European : of Irish and French nationality, she was born and raised in Luxembourg and speaks several languages.
Luxembourg Rose 2004 - Eileen Byrne
Eileen was born in Luxembourg on 24 December 1984 to a Scottish-French father and a German mother. The Scottish side of the family are originally from Ireland.
She went to both Luxembourgish and the European school and was awarded her Baccalaureate in 2003. Eileen will start her university studies in "Music Theatre" in Winchester in September 2004.
She has been actively involved in a youth group for many years and loves music. She sings, plays the piano and the guitar and dances both Jazz and Irish dance. Eileen also sings in an Irish band "Heartlands" and occasionally gives concerts of Irish-Scottish-French music with members of her family. Recently Eileen has written and stage-managed a Luxembourgish musical and she is currently working on an African-Irish dance choreography.
See Eileen on RTE (Ireland's National TV) at the event in Tralee
Eileen is seen here on the cover of NICO magazine in Luxembourg.
Luxembourg Rose 2003 - Deborah Maher
Deborah hails from Goatstown. She came to Luxembourg on the spur of the moment with only 70 pounds in her pocket! After three and a half years she has settled in and enjoys all that Luxembourg has to offer.
She plays on the Luxembourg Ladies Gaelic football team in the European League and also takes part in the Luxembourg corporate hockey league. When she's not running about on the pitch, she likes to enjoy the nightlife in Luxembourg where she loves meeting new people and catching up with her friends.
The meaning of Deborah is 'to speak kind words' and 'busy bee' - in this case it is most definitely true!
Luxembourg Rose 2002 - Yvonne Lintner
Yvonne was born in Dublin and came to Luxembourg at the age of 3 , but time has always been made for returning to the Emerald Isle by her mother who loves her country very much.
There was never a lack of Irish influence in her life, hence the Irish accent which she's proud of. A girl set to pursue a diplomatic career, her sights are set on the international stage, bringing Ireland to the world.