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The new Rose of Tralee for 2009 is Charmaine Kenny representing London.
Originally from Athy, Co Kildare, Charmaine (26) has a degree in Management Science & Information System Studies and a masters in Economics, both from Trinity College, Dublin, where she is also an elected Scholar. Charmaine enjoys the outdoors and scaled Mount Kilimanjaro last year. She is an avid runner and has completed the Connemara Marathon and is now training for the Great Gorilla Run in London (dressed as a gorilla).
The Managing Director of the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Anthony O’Gara, paid tribute to the new Rose: “We are very happy to have Charmaine as our 51st Rose and we are confident that she will be a great ambassador for Ireland, her own centre and the 70 million Irish people worldwide.”
“This year’s 50 year celebrations of the Festival have been a resounding success with huge crowds attending all of our events in the Topaz Dome and on the streets, making it Ireland’s premier family festival with true international appeal. We are proud of our town and we are delighted to showcase the hospitality that the people of Tralee afford to our visitors from around the world,” said Anthony O’Gara who dedicated this year’s Festival to the Roses of Tralee.
Charmaine is looking forward to a busy year and over the coming days a schedule of commitments will be drawn up that will take into consideration her work and personal commitments.
One of her first official engagements will be a visit to Áras an Úachtarán to meet President of Ireland, Mary McAleese on Tuesday 1st September.
Charmaine Kenny
2009 Rose of Tralee winner
Having celebrated 50 years of pagent and festival, the international Rose of Tralee Committee and extended family are now actively working towards organising next year's event.
On Saturday 14 November 2009, a meeting has been convened in Birnmingham to discuss continuance, developement and inclusion for 2010. as a Rose Centre and recently celebrated our own inaugural event, Guernsey have been invited to attend with delegations from all the UK regions.
Accepting the invitation on behalf of the Association, Ian McMahon will travel to Birmingham as our delegate furthering the relationships already forged by frank O'Neill when he travelled to tralee earlier this year.
An update will be available as soon as the Rose Committee (Ire) process their intentions
Charmaine Kenny is Crowned 2009 Rose of Tralee
The 2010 St. Patrick Day celebrations will be held at the St. Pierre Park Hotel on Wednesday 17 March. Admission is by ticket ONLY and the doors open at 7.00pm with dinner being served at 7.45pm. City Limits are providing the entertainment with a late bar until 12.45am. Dress Code applies: Smart Dress. No Jeans. Shirt and Tie. For Tickets click here
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day annually, we decided to centre a Charity Appeal around this time to benefit two local charities each year. This year we are delighted to nominate Riding for Disabled Guernsey and the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation. Charity boxes will be sited throughout the Island for a four week period and we would ask everyone to donate generously for a cause focused on our children. Initially, we thank the two Charities supporting our endeavours whilst also thanking the Liberation Group for their support  and good wishes.
We will be asking other businesses to support our Appeal and an update of sponsors will be included shortly. Thank you all in advance
The International Rose of Tralee Committee has now forwarded the preliminary qualification format for all UK regional centres, including the Channel Islands. Rose Centres will hold their own selection events as before and promote Regional Roses to Portlaiose in Ireland. The Roses will then experience a similar event as if it was Tralee itself. Details of dates, times etc will be updated soon. Could you be the next Channel Islands' Rose? Contact Us here
Our night at the St Pierrre Park Hotel reflected what was written on the tin - A celebration that was "One for ALL". Greeted by Ruairi and Sarah (two member's children) each guest was handed a sprig of shamrock before going in for dinner. Once seated, junior Irish Dancers gave a performance to a warming and appreciative audience. Good food served and enjoyed the charity raffle was then held. Sharon Dyke then sung Spancill Hill accompanied by Ian Mc
Mahon on the tin whistle. A silencing performance was later given by Juliette Higgs, a 2009 Guernsey Rose of Tralee entrant, with a soft shoe Irish dance before our entertainment, City Limits, took to the stage. A sign of the beginnings of a good night is when people take to the floor right away - that's what happened!  Andre Reece-Sheerin entertained us with a couple of songs whilst the band took a scheduled break before City Limits came back to play through to the end of the night.
Without naming everyone individually, our broad gratitude goes out to so many; those who came, the Hotel Management and Staff, Our Sponsors, the Dancers, City Limits, Our Raffle Prize Donations and those who worked to ensure a successful evening - you know who you are - With the Friendship of the Gael we thank you!
Two immediate beneficiaries on the night were The Guernsey Bereavement Centre and Headway Guernsey
Photographs will be uploaded later.
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We were absolutely over the moon when we received an Official letter from the President of Ireland, Mrs Mary McAleese, extending her good wishes to the Guernsey Irish Association for our St Patrick's Day celebrations. The letter was dated 12 March 2010, but unfortunately we received it after we had held our event at the St. Pierre Park Hotel.
We thank you for your support and take great delight in forwarding the President's message to you
Please click here to read the letter
The Channel Islands Rose of Tralee Selection Evening will be held at the St Pierre Park Hotel on Friday 14 May 2010. This prestigious event offers a four course meal and entertainment throughout. Starting at 7pm, our Roses will introduce themselves to our judging panel and audience portraying their ambition, intellect, aspiration, social responsibility intertwined with Irish heritage but more importantly how they can represent the Channel Islands on a global scale. View the poster here. For more information click here
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY JOHN REID - This must have been the best kept secret in Guernsey! Not the fact that it was his birthday but more the fact that nobody let on or let it slip!!
Thanks to Joanne Reid and everyone who helped her spring the surprise, the brilliance was seeing his reaction finding family and friends gathered to celebrate, bettered only by watching his daughter Orlaigh running up and giving her Daddy a big hug upon arrival
Oblivious to what was really going on, he believed an elaborate plan hatched months ago that he was attending his son's work do, even carrying blue plastic armbands for free drink at the bar
John, originally from Belfast, is well known as a true Irishman throughout the Island   having immersed himself in local football (Vale Rec, Tiger City, Port City and Island), Gaelic Football, Hurling and throughout his work with Reid and O'Brien Plastering.
Having acknowledged all the guests the day continued with music from Scots John and an impromptu appearance from the Commitments - lead by Sean and the band of sister,  wife and friends miming to Mustang Sally and Try a Little Tenderness - one moment of many during a very enjoyable and memorable day.                             
See the photos here