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Contestants for Luxembourg Rose 2018

Amber Crean

Amber CreanMy name is Amber Crean and I moved to Luxembourg when I was 22 years old and it has been my home away from home for almost 4 years now. I was born in Dublin and lived in Wicklow and Meath before moving “Wesht” to Galway. Even though I consider myself a Galway Girl, I had always planned to move abroad once I completed my Bachelor of Commerce degree at NUI Galway.
I wanted to work as a financial auditor and gain international experience, so Luxembourg (the second largest investment fund centre in the world) became the obvious choice. My boyfriend and I packed up our two dogs and moved over in 2014 and we haven’t looked back since.
Luxembourg is such a unique place but the thing I like most about living and working here is the people and how multi-cultural it is. I feel very fortunate to have met and worked with people from all over the world. Getting to know people from different backgrounds and cultures has been a huge part of my experience here and I know I have made friends for life. Another lovely thing about living in Luxembourg is the Irish network. I am lucky enough that I work with some old friends from my school days but I have also made many new Irish friends that I would never have had the opportunity to get to know before. I am the Luxembourg Ladies Gaelic football coach and I really look forward to our weekends away representing the club at tournaments.
I love to travel as far and as often as possible. Last year I visited Russia and South Africa for the first time. I’m planning to travel to South America this summer which includes a stop in the Galapagos Islands for what promises to be some of the best diving in the world! I am a qualified emergency first responder and rescue scuba diver and I enjoy travelling to different dive sites.
Some of my other hobbies include hiking around Luxembourg's Mullerthal trail, cooking & baking. I am definitely an animal lover, a self-confessed “foodie” and tea addict.
Luxembourg has become my home and I hope I could bring my appreciation for this place and all the people I have met here to the role of a Rose. I have really tried to embrace the Luxembourg way of life over the past few years while still holding on tightly to my Irish roots and I think this would be the perfect opportunity to combine the two.

Christina Murphy

Christina MurphyMoien! My name is Christina Murphy, and I am delighted to be taking part in this year’s Luxembourg Rose. I am 26 years old and from the very green and very beautiful country side of the Orchard County, Armagh.
I grew up in a little village called Mullaghbawn on my family’s farm with my 2 wonderful parents and 3 siblings.
In 2010 I started my degree in Fine Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast and graduated after 4 amazing years.
During my time studying I was very fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to move to Croatia for 9 months to study and learn about the culture. Since then I have fallen in love with travelling and have lived in England, New Zealand & now Luxembourg.
Apart from travelling my other loves include working with children and art.
In 2015 I made ‘Christina Does Portraits’, a platform where I could share my drawings and ideas, since then it has been quite successful with others requesting their own portraits. I now have artworks in more than 9 different countries of which I am very proud of.
The main goal of my career is to work with children. Currently I work as a creche teacher, however I aim to be an art teacher or art therapist for children. For 2 years I was an Au Pair/Nanny in New Zealand & Luxembourg. Not only did I gain invaluable life experience and 2 lovely families but also great skills for working with young children.
My current goal for 2018 is to get back into the sports I enjoyed so much as a teenager and meet more people, thus taking part in the Luxembourg Rose and I have also joined my local GAA team in Luxembourg. After 10 years of not handling a ball… wish me luck!

Niamh Carey

Niamh CareyMy name is Niamh Carey and I am 24 years old.
I am originally from Blarney, County Cork and I am the baby of a family of four daughters. There is a close tie for youngest in the family as I have a twin sister! Her name is Mags and although we don’t live together now we’re still as close as ever. My parents are born and bred Corkonians like myself so there is no fear that I’ll ever lose the accent!
During my time in secondary school, I was an avid debater. I was selected to go to European Youth Parliament in Luxembourg where I spoke on a number of issues for young people and in particular on internet safety. This was my first time in Luxembourg and I fell in love with the city. I loved the truly international aspect of the city and the possibilities it held for key policy makers to shape Europe and our future. This interest along with my love for the French language made my college choice easy.
I graduated from University College Cork in 2016 with a degree in Law and French.
During my undergrad I developed a keen interest in human rights and the access to justice for all. I interned in various non-governmental organisations both in Ireland and during my Erasmus year in Strasbourg. All these experiences affirmed my ambition to become a lawyer which I am currently in the process of doing.
There are 8 exams to do which are generally done in two sittings. After my first four I was lucky to be offered an internship in the city that sparked my interest first day- Luxembourg!
I began work in Luxembourg as an intern in the Lithuanian cabinet in the European Court of Auditors. After my five months as an intern, they offered me a contract which I gladly accepted. I am still doing my law exams back home. Whilst working and studying isn’t easy, I am happy to be following my European dream here in Luxembourg and pursuing my qualification at home too.
Aside from law my other passion is sport and keeping fit. My twin, Mags, and I have recently signed up for our first marathon which we will do in October this year just before our 25th birthday! To gear myself up for it I have signed up for the ING half marathon which I am really excited about. I love keeping active and I play for both the camogie and football team in Luxembourg. I’m no Valerie Mulcahy but I am a keen player and love the craic!
Moving over to Luxembourg was daunting at first but it now truly feels like home. The city is absolutely beautiful and there is nothing nicer than cycling from Kirchberg into the city in the summer after a long day at work. Everybody is incredibly friendly and you will always bump into someone you know on the bus, on a stroll through town, or in a bar. My Luxembourgish is not so good but having studied French in college has been a help and I am definitely trying to become as fluent as I can. It has been a city which has shaped my career and ultimately who I am today!

I would be honoured to represent Luxembourg in the Rose of Tralee and show others what a great city it is.

Stacey McKenna

Stacey McKennaMy name is Stacey McKenna and I am 23 years old. I was born in Ireland and lived there for most my life. I am originally from Cork with family also from Fermanagh. I’m a recent graduate in Business Studies majoring in Accounting and Finance from the University of Limerick. I moved to Luxembourg last year after previously spending eight months completing an internship at Brown Brother Harriman. I enjoyed the time I spent here so much, before I graduated I began looking for graduate positions in Luxembourg. I am currently working in Intertrust as an accountant. This is challenging as my first job after graduating but I am enjoying it and learning a lot.

I recently spent the summer travelling America, while visiting some of America’s most loved cities such as New York, Boston and Chicago. My desire to travel and experience different cultures, is what brought me back to Luxembourg. My daily life here lets me embrace all the many diverse cultures that this little country has to offer. Currently I am attending weekly French classes to improve my language skills and to embrace the culture. Upon completion of my professional accounting exams here in Luxembourg, I hope to travel to Asia where I plan to teach English, as I recently have completed the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course. 

I have always been an active person with a huge involvement in basketball, rowing and Gaelic football. I have recently become a member of the GAA club here in Luxembourg. It is a great comfort to be part of the Irish community and as a result Luxembourg feels like home. I enjoy volunteering in my free time. In the past, I was a coach for the Special Olympics, something of which I have always been passionate about. 

As this country has a special place in my heart, I’d be greatly honoured to represent Luxembourg in the Rose of Tralee and I look forward to the experience and opportunities that lies ahead of me.

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